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TO A CLASS IN SHAKESPEARE, by            
First Line: Gossip of swains befooled by fairy charm
Last Line: Because they've walked together and with him.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Happiness; Humanity; Music & Musicians; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Teaching & Teachers; Joy; Delight; Dramatists; Educators; Professors


GOSSIP of swains befooled by fairy charm,
With wordy riots of buffoon and clown,
And ripples of light laughter floating down,—
Mischief and Mirth and Music arm in arm;
Or shadows of the nightfall, soul-alarm
And soul-despair, Fate's ever-fixéd frown,
And man's high-hearted struggle lest he drown
Under the rising waves of wrong and harm;

These spirit-symbols have we heard and seen,
Treading alike the meadows and the blind
And labyrinthine windings long and dim;
Danced have we and stood doubtful, yet have been
As those that think the better of their kind
Because they've walked together and with him.





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