(6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861 / Durham / England)

Cheerfulness Taught By Reason

I THINK we are too ready with complaint
In this fair world of God's. Had we no hope
Indeed beyond the zenith and the slope
Of yon gray blank of sky, we might grow faint
To muse upon eternity's constraint
Round our aspirant souls; but since the scope
Must widen early, is it well to droop,
For a few days consumed in loss and taint ?
O pusillanimous Heart, be comforted
And, like a cheerful traveller, take the road
Singing beside the hedge. What if the bread
Be bitter in thine inn, and thou unshod
To meet the flints ? At least it may be said
' Because the way is short, I thank thee, God. '

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A fabulous inspirational poem advocating to take life in it's stride and make the most of it in spite of complaining for hard times or troubles confronting therein. A well deserved classic of the D
In this unfair World! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
I was somewhat lost toward the end. The initial segment sees to state we as a whole kick the bucket. The second gives the idea that the darling will endure. I may not be right, however this is my take of this magnificent poem. http: //www.4cashpath.com/
The last line is very beautiful.
O pusillanimous Heart, be comforted And, like a cheerful traveler../// excellent no complaint cowardly feel not the taint come out and mend the heart to be happy saint....////
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