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First Line: I had not known that there could be
Last Line: Selected for an enemy.
Alternate Author Name(s): Morgan, Emanuel
Subject(s): Men; Enemies


I had not known that there could be
Men like Lorenzo and like me
Both in the world, and both so right
That the world is dark and the world is light.
I had not thought that any one
Would choose the dark for dwelling on,
Would dig and delve for the bitterest roots
Of sweetest and suavest fruits.
Though I had neither been a fool
Nor won a scholarship at school,
I never once had dared to doubt
That now and then the light went out;
But I had not known that there could be
Men like Lorenzo and like me
Both in the world, and both so right
That the world is dark and the world is light.
I had not guessed that joy could be
Selected for an enemy.





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