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First Line: Alas! And must this be the fate
Last Line: Alive to every misery?
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Genius

ALAS! and must this be the fate
That all too often will await
The gifted hand, which shall awake
The poet's lute? and, for its sake,
All but its own sweet self resign,
Thou loved lute, to be only thine!
For what is genius, but deep feeling,
Wakening to glorious revealing?
And what is feeling, but to be
Alive to every misery?

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