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Meditation On Saviors

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When I considered it too closely, when I wore it like an element
and smelt it like water,
Life is become less lovely, the net nearer than the skin, a
little troublesome, a little terrible.

I pledged myself awhile ago not to seek refuge, neither in death
nor in a walled garden,
In lies nor gated loyalties, nor in the gates of contempt, that
easily lock the world out of doors.

Here on the rock it is great and beautiful, here on the foam-wet
granite sea-fang it is easy to praise
Life and water and the shining stones: but whose cattle are the
herds of the people that one should love them?

If they were yours, then you might take a cattle-breeder's
delight in the herds of the future. Not yours.
Where the power ends let love, before it sours to jealousy.
Leave the joys of government to Caesar.

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Eighth Book

ONE eve it happened when I sate alone,
Alone upon the terrace of my tower,
A book upon my knees, to counterfeit
The reading that I never read at all,
While Marian, in the garden down below,
Knelt by the fountain (I could just hear thrill
The drowsy silence of the exhausted day)
And peeled a new fig from that purple heap
In the grass beside her,–turning out the red
To feed her eager child, who sucked at it
With vehement lips across a gap of air
As he stood opposite, face and curls a-flame
With that last sun-ray, crying, 'give me, give,'
And stamping with imperious baby-feet,
(We're all born princes)–something startled me,–
The laugh of sad and innocent souls, that breaks
Abruptly, as if frightened at itself;
'Twas Marian laughed. I saw her glance above
In sudden shame that I should hear her laugh,
And straightway dropped my eyes upon my book,

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Publilius Syrus

You are in a pitiable condition if you have to conceal what you wish to tell.

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Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.

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Hateful is the power, and pitiable is the life, of those who wish to be feared rather than loved.

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Mere loving won’t do.

To gain nonsexual love
You must be pitiable
Or useful to others.
Mere loving would not do.
20.05.2010

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Pity and Pitiable

Being pitiable brings attention.
Taking pity gives prominence.
We fake both to get pleasure.
The respondents are unfortunate.

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Pity and pitiable

Having pity is a pleasure.
You can then boost your image.
Being pitiable is too.
You will get people to love you.
02.03.2008

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Siblings Are Still Better

Your siblings might be your rivals,
Jealous or even inimical.
Yet they are the best bet at hand
When you've fallen to be pitiable.

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The world is cruel.

The ones sentenced to death
Will have no second time suffering
Nor time to regret and reform.
They are the most pitiable.
06.08.2004

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