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First Line: Crime may be clear'd, and sorrow's eyes be dried
Last Line: There is no after health -- no hope -- no pardon!
Subject(s): Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect


CRIME may be clear'd, and Sorrow's eyes be dried,
The lowliest poverty be gilded yet;
The neck of airless, pale imprisonment
Be lighten'd of its chains! For all the ills
That chance or nature lays upon our heads,
In chance or nature there is found a cure:
But self-abasement is beyond all cure!
The brand is there burn'd in the living flesh,
That bears its mark to the grave. -- That dagger's plunged
Into the central pulses of the heart;
The act is the mind's suicide; for which
There is no after health -- no hope -- no pardon!





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