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As in the Midst of Battle there is Room

As in the midst of battle there is room
  For thoughts of love, and in foul sin for mirth;
  As gossips whisper of a trinket's worth
Spied by the death-bed's flickering candle-gloom;
As in the crevices of Caesar's tomb
  The sweet herbs flourish on a little earth:
  So in this great disaster of our birth
We can be happy, and forget our doom.

For morning, with a ray of tenderest joy
  Gilding the iron heaven, hides the truth,
And evening gently woos us to employ
  Our grief in idle catches. Such is youth;
Till from that summer's trance we wake, to find
Despair before us, vanity behind.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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George Santayana

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known as George Santayana, was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. more…

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