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First Line: Passion and strength! Strength, passion!
Last Line: Heaven help this silly world of gods and men!
Subject(s): Hearts; Passion

PASSION and Strength! Strength, Passion! Men who yearn
Are not men who achieve. The poet's fierce fire
Has too frail stuff to feed on; it must burn
In brief, unheating blazes or expire.

Passion and Strength! Could my uneasy heart
Possess yon lumbering clod-of-earth, my gall,
Breed insolence in his great bulk, what art,
What social revolutions, might befall?

Could that which takes hot life from me this hour
Forsake the fuel it gnaws upon and then
From this soft sap-wood generate new power,
Heaven help this silly world of gods and men!

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