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BE STILL, MY SOUL, by            
First Line: Heart, my heart, with griefs confounded whence you no deliv'rance find
Last Line: Overmuch, but know what ups and downs belong to humankind.
Alternate Author Name(s): Archilochos


HEART, my heart, with griefs confounded whence you no deliv'rance find,
Up against them! guard yourself and show the foe a gallant breast;
Take your stand among the foremost where the spears of battle fly
Gallantly. Nor when you conquer make your pleasure manifest,
Nor in turn, if you are conquered, lie down in your home and cry.
Take your joy when life is joyful, and in sorrow do not mind
Overmuch, but know what ups and downs belong to humankind.





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