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THE THREE BEST THING: 3. LIFE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let me but live my life from year to year
Last Line: And hope the road's last turn will be the best.
Alternate Author Name(s): Civis Americanus
Variant Title(s): Life;the Zest Of Life
Subject(s): Life


Let me but live my life from year to year,
With forward face and unreluctant soul;
Not hurrying to, nor turning from, the goal;
Not mourning for the things that disappear
In the dim past, nor holding back in fear
From what the future veils; but with a whole
And happy heart, that pays its toll
To Youth and Age, and travels on with cheer.

So let the way wind up the hill or down,
O'er rough or smooth, the journey will be joy:
Still seeking what I sought when but a boy,
New friendship, high adventure, and a crown,
My heart will keep the courage of the quest,
And hope the road's last turn will be the best.





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