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The Good, Great Man

'How seldom, friend! a good great man inherits
Honour or wealth with all his worth and pains!
It sounds like stories from the land of spirits
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  • Ganesh Babu Ramanathan (9/29/2013 11:03:00 PM)

    The poet exemplifies a person's great friend not others but himself. Great.

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  • Douglas Scotney (9/29/2013 6:49:00 PM)

    to no 'dear friend' replies he; he's replying to himself

  • Liliana ~el (9/29/2013 6:20:00 AM)

    This is spectacular! True. :)

  • Ugochukwu Benjamin Aneke (9/29/2013 2:48:00 AM)

    The good great man, what else would thou seeketh?

  • Kevin Straw (9/29/2012 10:24:00 AM)

    There is a fourth friend - the one who pretends friendship because the man is great. There are not many great men, even the good ones, that have love and calm thoughts - not even the likes of Mandela and Gandhi, though they are by definition filled with light - if that means great intelligence and wisdom.

  • Ramesh T A (9/29/2012 9:27:00 AM)

    Great good men's treasures are indeed LOVE, and LIGHT, And CALM THOUGHTS and their friends are HIMSELF, his MAKER, and the ANGEL DEATH! They are not the means but the end sure as Coleridge says!

  • Christian Eliab Ratnam (10/1/2005 1:50:00 AM)

    Beatiful poem! Mr Coleridge puts the rewards of a good man and the blessings he will have, in a poem. Bibilical philosophy of a good man!

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