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TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 4. SISTER HEART, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O little sister heart, without thy big brother the rude brain
Last Line: Gazest again on the cameo in thy chamber.
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters; Love; Solitude; Loneliness


O little sister Heart, without thy big brother the rude Brain what
wouldst thou do?
So I see thee sitting in thy solitary chamber, poring over a figure in a
cameo—
So yearning lost desirous, faint forgetful,
Failing almost thy daily service of the body.
Then comes thy brother and snatches thee by the hand, saying, "Come out
here into the world:
See all these wonderful things, and all there is to do;"
And talks so eloquent, so persuasively,
Soon thou art busy with him and his affairs, and the great world outside
there in the sun;
Till presently he rests or sleeps awhile—and thou returning
Gazest again on the cameo in thy chamber.





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