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Be Not Sad
(2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941 / Dublin / Ireland)

Be Not Sad

Poem By James Joyce

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.

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This poem gave me some difficulty. I could not see what is the real situation here. Why the advice about not being sad.
A short poem with lasting impact. 'Be not sad'.
Be not sad..........love it!
so nice poem.. i loved it...My sweetheart Wednesday,8th July 2020 they themselves may cut a sorry figure not immediately but later with full grief at the heart and feel shame in the deep heart chamber Hasmukh Mehta
An inspirational and motivational poem advocating positive attitude. Deserving classic poem of the day.


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