O who knows what slumbers in the background of the times?
- A monarch never can too dearly buy
- The peace of his own sonhis only son.
- Yet have I heard it said that those
- Who watch men's looks and carry tales about,
- Have done more mischief in this world of ours
- Than the assassin's knife, or poisoned bowl.
- Be circumspect
- With menbut not with every man alike.
- Repel not friends and hypocrites together.
O the idea was childish, but divinely beautiful.
Great souls endure in silence.
- A moment lived in paradise
- Is not atoned for too dearly by death.
Love is only known by him who hopelessly persists in love.
- Alas! that when from the Creator's hand
- You took mankind, and moulded him to suit
- Your own ideas, making yourself the god
- Of this new creature, you should overlook
- That you yourself remained a human being
- A very man, as from God's hands you came.
- Still did you feel a mortal's wants and pains.
- You needed sympathy; but to a God
- One can but sacrifice, and pray, and tremble
- Wretched exchange! Perversion most unblest
- Of sacred nature! Once degrade mankind,
- And make him but a thing to play upon,
- Who then can share the harmony with you?
- You would plant
- For all eternity, and yet the seeds
- You sow around you are the seeds of death!
- The mighty dead will not be honored now
- By fruitless tears. Tears are for petty sorrows!