John Boyle O'Reilly

Yesterday and Tomorrow

John Boyle O'Reilly was an Irish-born poet, journalist and fiction writer.

JOYS have three stages, Hoping, Having, and Had:
The hands of Hope are empty, and the heart of Having is sad;
For the joy we take, in the taking dies; and the joy we Had is its ghost.
Now, which is the better—the joy unknown or the joy we have clasped and lost?