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A VALENTINE, by            
First Line: Life's joys and sorrows rise and ever wane
Last Line: Just that, and nothing more.
Subject(s): Grief; Happiness; Holidays; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Life; Love; Valentine's Day; Sorrow; Sadness; Joy; Delight


Life's joys and sorrows rise and ever wane
On the horizon of our nights and days;
Whether we see them come and go or not
We feel the passing of their searing blaze.
Anger we know, -- and chagrin, -- and remorse;
Ambition flaunts its banners in our face;
The empty halls of power ring to our stride,
Sometimes, for a brief space.

But never long do any of these remain;
And even love is but a passing flare.
Immortal Loves are few and far between,
And even lasting friendship oft is rare.
Still, were a wish of mine to be fulfilled --
One favor giv'n to even up the score --,
I'd ask but lasting friendliness with you,
Just that, and nothing more.





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