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First Line: Life's best gifts are bought dearly. Wealth is won
Last Line: How dark the penalty that it exacts!
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Genius; Pleasure; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


LIFE'S best gifts are bought dearly. Wealth is won
By years of toil, and often comes too late:
With pleasure comes satiety; and pomp
Is compassed round with vexing vanities:
And genius, earth's most glorious gift, that lasts
When all beside is perished in the dust --
How bitter is the suffering it endures!
How dark the penalty that it exacts!





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