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CONTRA MORTEM: THE SUN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Such a reasonable irrational fellow goodhumored
Last Line: He dwells alone burning with as million fires
Subject(s): Sun


Such a reasonable irrational fellow goodhumored
and reliable too since the occasional scorching
is someone else's fault No wonder
the ancients frankly adored him
and if their solemnity seems now simpleminded
nevertheless he is highly esteemed and honored
more than sometimes appears A landlord
who never asks for the rent is hardly
to be despised And what does he care for
but to be good company
with everything and to promote the common welfare
by maintaining the regularity
of public occasions Unhappily although he desires
nothing but calm and abhors the solitary
he dwells alone burning with a million fires.


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