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First Line: Oh, what a waste of feeling and of thought
Last Line: The opiate of the mind!
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Praise

OH, what a waste of feeling and of thought
Have been the imprints on my roll of life!
What worthless hours! to what use have I turned
The golden gifts which are my hope and pride!
My power of song, unto how base a use
Has it been put! with its pure ore I made
An idol, living only on the breath
Of idol worshippers. Alas! that ever
Praise should have been what praise has been to me --
The opiate of the mind!

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