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First Line: Remembrance makes the poet: 'tis the past
Last Line: Only to know it is not of our sphere?
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Past; Poetry & Poets


REMEMBRANCE makes the poet: 'tis the past
Lingering within him, with a keener sense
Than is upon the thoughts of common men,
Of what has been, that fills the actual world
With unreal likenesses of lovely shapes
That were, and are not; and the fairer they,
The more their contrast with existing things;
The more his power, the greater is his grief.
Are we then fallen from some noble star,
Whose consciousness is as an unknown curse:
And we feel capable of happiness
Only to know it is not of our sphere?





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