Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PESSIMIST AND OPTIMIST, by THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH

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First Line: This one sits shivering in fortune's smile
Last Line: Laughs in the teeth of death.
Subject(s): Pessimism; Optimism

THIS one sits shivering in Fortune's smile,
Taking his joy with bated, doubtful breath.
This other, gnawed by hunger, all the while
Laughs in the teeth of Death.

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