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First Line: How often, in this cold and bitter world
Last Line: There are too many such!
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia

HOW often, in this cold and bitter world,
Is the warm heart thrown back upon itself!
Cold, careless, are we of another's grief;
We wrap ourselves in sullen selfishness:
Harsh-judging, narrow-minded, stern and chill
In measuring every action but our own.
How small are some men's motives, and how mean!
There are who never knew one generous thought;
Whose heart-pulse never quickened with the joy
Of kind endeavour, or sweet sympathy. --
There are too many such!

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