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Page 152 - Speak, History! Who are Life's victors? Unroll thy long annals and say, Are they those whom the world called the victors, who won the success of a day? The martyrs, or Nero? The Spartans, who fell at Thermopylae's tryst, Or the Persians and Xerxes? His judges or Socrates? Pilate or Christ?
Page 152 - My curls were crowned In youth with knowledge, — off, alas, crown slipped Next moment, pushed by better knowledge still Which nowise proved more constant : gain, to-day, Was toppling loss to-morrow, lay at last — Knowledge, the golden ? — lacquered ignorance ! As gain — mistrust it ! Not as means to gain : Lacquer we learn by : cast in fining-pot, We learn, — when what seemed ore assayed proves dross, Surelier true gold's worth, guess how purity I...
Page 152 - Speak, History ! Who are life's victors ? Unroll thy long annals and say: Are they those whom the world called victors, who won the success of a day ? The martyrs, or Nero ? The Spartans who fell at Thermopylae's tryst, Or the Persians and Xerxes ? His judges, or Socrates ? Pilate, or Christ...