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AN INSINCERE WISH ADDRESSED TO A BEGGAR, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: We are not near enough to love
Last Line: And truth reveal herself to you!
Alternate Author Name(s): Anodos
Subject(s): Brothers; Deception; Family Life; Wealth; Half-brothers; Relatives; Riches; Fortunes


WE are not near enough to love,
I can but pity all your woe;
For wealth has lifted me above,
And falsehood set you down below.

If you were true, we still might be
Brothers in something more than name;
And were I poor, your love to me
Would make our differing bonds the same.

But golden gates between us stretch,
Truth opens her forbidding eyes;
You can't forget that I am rich,
Nor I that you are telling lies.

Love never comes but at love's call,
And pity asks for him in vain;
Because I cannot give you all,
You give me nothing back again.

And you are right with all your wrong,
For less than all is nothing too;
May Heaven beggar me ere long,
And Truth reveal herself to you!





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