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Lowell, James Russell - Through suffering and sorrow I have passed



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The Poems of James Russell Lowell [adapted]

Through suffering and sorrow I have passed
To show you what a lover true can be
They have not taken sympathy from me
Nor made me any other than I was
Save as some tree, which in a sudden blast
Sheddeth those blossoms, that are weakly grown
Upon the air, but keepeth every one
Whose strength gives warrant of good fruit at last
So I have shed some blooms of gaiety
But never one of steadfast cheerfulness
Nor hath my knowledge of adversity
Robbed me of any faith in happiness
But rather cleared my inner eyes to see
How many simple ways there are to bless

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Lowell, James Russell

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