Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LOVE IS KIND, by BENJAMIN KEECH



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First Line: Each man is limited by inborn traits
Last Line: And none should other's worthy effort spoil.


Each man is limited by inborn traits;
Beyond a certain point he cannot go;
The wise excel in high or low estates;
The good mock not good workers just below.

If one can lift a weight of half a ton,
Give him full credit, yet not praise him more
Than one who, lifting less, his best has done,
Nor give the latter less than actual score.

We grant that each has striven toward the best,
Yet judge by failure, not by worth or toil.
The "highest" is not worthier than the rest,
And none should other's worthy effort spoil.





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