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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, Volume 2 By Charles Lamb Characters: 647

Updated: 2017-12-06 00:03

Because I oft in dark abstracted guise

Seem most alone in greatest company,

With dearth of words, or answers quite awry,

To them that would make speech of speech arise;

They deem, and of their doom the rumour flies,

That poison foul of bubbling Pride doth lie

So in my swelling breast, that only I


on myself, and others do despise;

Yet Pride, I think, doth not my Soul possess,

Which looks too oft in his unflattering glass:

But one worse fault-Ambition-I confess,

That makes me oft my best friends overpass,

Unseen, unheard-while Thought to highest place

Bends all his powers, even unto STELLA'S grace.

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