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First Line: Which was the true philosopher? - the sage
Last Line: Beneath, the pale and careworn countenance.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia


WHICH was the true philosopher? -- the sage
Who to the sorrows and the crimes of life
Gave tears -- or he who laugh'd at all he saw?
Such mockery is bitter, and yet just:
And Heaven well knows the cause there is to weep.
Methinks that life is what the actor is --
Outside there is the quaint and gibing mask;
Beneath, the pale and careworn countenance.





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