Be Not Sad

Be not sad because all men
Prefer a lying clamour before you:
Sweetheart, be at peace again -- -
Can they dishonour you?

They are sadder than all tears;
Their lives ascend as a continual sigh.
Proudly answer to their tears:
As they deny, deny.

by James Joyce

Comments (5)

I never thought Joyce to be much of a poet.
Bit surprised that JJ produced such a weak poem. Must be early work, juvenilia.
This try comes in the form of advice with a powerful ending. I liked the development of this piece from beginning to end. I think the poet did well here. Luis Estable
Dunno what the true meaning is, though.
I think these are strong word, and very true. It is very sad. I can relate to this poem. Excellent poetry, with true meaning.