Arthur Hugh Clough

(1 January 1819 – 13 November 1861 / Liverpool)

Perché Pensa? Pensando s'Invecchia Poem by Arthur Hugh Clough


To spend uncounted years of pain,
Again, again, and yet again,
In working out in heart and brain
The problem of our being here;
To gather facts from far and near,
Upon the mind to hold them clear,
And, knowing more may yet appear,
Unto one's latest breath to fear
The premature result to draw--
Is this the object, end and law,
And purpose of our being here?

Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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