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First Line: There was an evil in pandora's box
Last Line: His followers for ever.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Curses; Love

THERE was an evil in Pandora's box
Beyond all other ones, yet it came forth
In guise so lovely, that men crowded round
And sought it as the dearest of all treasure.
Then were they stung with madness and despair;
High minds were bowed in abject misery.
The hero trampled on his laurell'd crown,
While genius broke the lute it waked no more.
Young maidens, with pale cheeks, and faded eyes,
Wept till they died. Then there were broken hearts --
Insanity -- and Jealousy, that feeds
Unto satiety, yet loathes its food;
Suicide digging its own grave; and Hate,
Unquenchable and deadly; and Remorse --
The vulture feeding on its own life-blood.
The evil's name was Love -- these curses seem
His followers for ever.

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