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TO A REPUBLICAN FRIEND, 1848, CONTINUED, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yet, when I muse on what life is, I seem
Last Line: Shall be left standing face to face with god.
Subject(s): France; Pessimism


Yet, when I muse on what life is, I seem
Rather to patience prompted, than that proud
Prospect of hope which France proclaims so loud --
France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme;
Seeing this vale, this earth, whereon we dream,
Is on all sides o'ershadowed by the high
Uno'erleaped Mountains of Necessity,
Sparing us narrower margin than we deem.
Nor will that day dawn at a human nod,
When, bursting through the network superposed
By selfish occupation -- plot and plan,
Lust, avarice, envy -- liberated man,
All difference with his fellow-mortal closed,
Shall be left standing face to face with God.





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