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First Line: Life is made up of vanities - so small
Last Line: And makes us feel that fate is terrible.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Vanity


LIFE is made up of vanities -- so small,
So mean, the common history of the day, --
That mockery seems the sole philosophy.
Then some stern truth starts up -- cold, sudden, strange;
And we are taught what life is by despair: --
The toys, the trifles, and the petty cares,
Melt into nothingness -- we know their worth;
The heart avenges every careless thought,
And makes us feel that fate is terrible.





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