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First Line: What mockeries are our most firm resolves
Last Line: To winds and waves that laugh at man's control.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia


WHAT mockeries are our most firm resolves;
To will is ours, but not to execute.
We map our future like some unknown coast,
And say, "Here is an harbour, here a rock --
The one we will attain, the other shun:"
And we do neither. Some chance gale springs up
And bears us far o'er some unfathom'd sea,
Our efforts are all vain; at length we yield
To winds and waves that laugh at man's control.





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