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First Line: These journals, notes, and missives of the dead
Last Line: Save a small volume on the scholar's shelf.
Subject(s): Books; Poverty; Scholarship & Scholars; Reading


These journals, notes, and missives of the dead --
These poems of all ages -- form a kind
Of ever fresh ambrosia for the mind;
And we like half-gods, as it were, cloud-fed
On song and thought and parable, break bread
With all the wits and poets of mankind,
Who looked on life and left their souls behind
With ours immortally companioned.
Rather than honors, riches, and renown --
By heaven, I'd rather be like one of those! --
One who in thought so close enwrapped himself
As to live penniless and die unknown,
Leaving no record of his joys or woes,
Save a small volume on the scholar's shelf.





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