Matthew Arnold

(1822-1888 / Middlesex / England)

Poems of Matthew Arnold

61. Youth and Calm 5/6/2001
62. Youth's Agitations 4/2/2010

Worldly Place

Even in a palace, life may be led well!
So spake the imperial sage, purest of men,
Marcus Aurelius. But the stifling den
Of common life, where, crowded up pell-mell,

Our freedom for a little bread we sell,
And drudge under some foolish master's ken
Who rates us if we peer outside our pen--
Match'd with a palace, is not this a hell?

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