Edith Wharton

(24 January 1862 – 11 August 1937 / New York City / United States)

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A Failure


(She Speaks.)


I MEANT to be so strong and true!
The world may smile and question, When?
But what I might have been to you
I cannot be to other men.
Just one in twenty to the rest,
And all in all to you alone, -
This was my dream; perchance 'tis best
That this, like other dreams, is flown.


For you I should have been so kind,
So prompt my spirit to control,
To win fresh vigor for my mind,
And purer beauties for my soul;
Beneath your eye I might have grown
To that divine, ideal height,
Which, mating wholly with your own,
Our equal spirits should unite.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (8/18/2012 1:29:00 AM)

    This was my dream; perchance 'tis best
    That this, like other dreams, is flown........

    Fantastic reality also engraved with the whole. Nice...................................................................Pranab k c (Report) Reply

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