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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, Volume 2 By Charles Lamb Characters: 659

Updated: 2017-12-06 00:03

The curious wits, seeing dull pensiveness

Bewray itself in my long-settled eyes,

Whence those same fumes of melancholy rise,

With idle pains, and missing aim, do guess.

Some, that know how my spring I did address,

Deem that my Muse some fruit of knowledge plies;

Others, because the Prince my service tries,


hink, that I think state errors to redress;

But harder judges judge, ambition's rage,

Scourge of itself, still climbing slippery place,

Holds my young brain captiv'd in golden cage.

O fools, or over-wise! alas, the race

Of all my thoughts hath neither stop nor start,

But only STELLA'S eyes, and STELLA'S heart.

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