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Duty Surviving Self-love Post by :skytiger33 Category :Poems Author :Samuel Taylor Coleridge Date :April 2010 Read :3051

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Duty Surviving Self-love

THE ONLY SURE FRIEND OF DECLINING LIFE
A SOLILOQUY


Unchanged within, to see all changed without,
Is a blank lot and hard to bear, no doubt.
Yet why at others' wanings should'st thou fret?
Then only might'st thou feel a just regret,
Hadst thou withheld thy love or hid thy light
In selfish forethought of neglect and slight.
O wiselier then, from feeble yearnings freed,
_While_, and _on whom_, thou may'st--shine on! nor heed
Whether the object by reflected light
Return thy radiance or absorb it quite:
And though thou notest from thy safe recess
Old friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air,
Love them for what they _are_; nor love them less,
Because to _thee_ they are not what they _were_.


1826.





The End
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem: Duty Surviving Self-Love

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