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First Line: Peace with the vulgar counsel!' - dost thou say?
Last Line: "'tis I will find thy sacrifice for thee."
Alternate Author Name(s): Leigh, Arbor; Guggenberger, Mrs. Ignatz; Bevington, L. S.

"Peace with the vulgar counsel!" -- dost thou say? --
Trumpet no mandates from the throne of sense!
Garb not as duty pleasant indolence!
Ever the loneliest is the manliest way.
Ever the flowers implore my hand to stay
And pluck their sweetness; ever some pretence
Slides to my soul, and mocks its impotence
Of ardour, with some taunt of faltering clay.
To fail, and only be as others be? --
All else I bear, all sorrow court but this!
Mine own soul's victory I may not miss;
And who but I can choose my pains for me?" --
Saith homely love, betwixt a sob and kiss, --
"'Tis I will find thy sacrifice for thee."

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