Matthew Arnold

(1822-1888 / Middlesex / England)

Poems of Matthew Arnold

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

To a Republican Friend

God knows it, I am with you. If to prize
Those virtues, priz'd and practis'd by too few,
But priz'd, but lov'd, but eminent in you,
Man's fundamental life: if to despise
The barren optimistic sophistries
Of comfortable moles, whom what they do
Teaches the limit of the just and true--
And for such doing have no need of eyes:
If sadness at teh long heart-wasting show

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