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NOR CARE TOO MUCH, by            
First Line: To care enough yet not to care too much
Last Line: This the ideal. So sever love from hate.


To care enough yet not to care too much,
How sensitive the scale of human love.
In passionate embrace or gentle touch,
What clumsiness can we be guilty of.
Parental love is never quite content
To let the child live his own life, be free.
And often friendship, seeming innocent,
Tips down the scale in mock humility;
Or lover letting selfish love hold sway,
Takes cool possession of both mind and heart
Until the scales tip up the other way,
And love is killed for want of better art.
To keep the balance, weight for perfect weight,
This the ideal. So sever love from hate.





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