Author: Henry David Thoreau (---.spacegate.com.ua)
Date: 01-12-06 08:44
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When we build, let us think that we build forever. -John Ruskin, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, 1849
When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And darkly bright, are bright in dark directed.
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
How would thy shadow\'s form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so!
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay!
All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.
Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now;
Now, while the world is bent my deeds to cross,
Join with the spite of fortune, make me bow,
And do not drop in for an after-loss:
Ah! do not, when my heart hath \'scap\'d this sorrow,
Come in the rearward of a conquer\'d woe;
Give not a windy night a rainy morrow,
To linger out a purpos\'d overthrow.
If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last,
When other petty griefs have done their spite,
But in the onset come: so shall I taste
At first the very worst of fortune\'s might;
And other strains of woe, which now seem woe,
Compar\'d with loss of thee, will not seem so.
The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.