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THESE ENDURE, by            
First Line: I have known sorrow; I have known laughter
Last Line: But the lovely things are for our keeping!
Subject(s): Beauty


I have known sorrow; I have known laughter,
Echoing up to the highest rafter;
I have known sweet, and the bitter after.
I have known falsehood's thrusting dagger;
The hurt of defeat and the boaster's swagger;
I have known hunger's uncertain stagger.
But I have listened, expectant still,
To hear the spring wind, sweet and shrill,
Singing over the woodland hill.
And I have seen a white filagree
Of mist, on the pale anemone,
And a crescent moon in the apple tree.
And I have walked a fragrant lane
Through falling plum bloom in the rain
And known a beauty that was pain.
I have learned this: That sorrow and weeping
Scarcely abide the night's deep sleeping,
But the lovely things are for our keeping!





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