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PESSIMIST AND OPTIMIST.

This one sits shivering in Fortune's smile,

Taking his joy with bated, doubtful breath: This other, gnawed by hunger, all the while Laughs in the teeth of Death.

IBID.

BAYARD, awaken not this music strong,

While round thy home the indolent sweet breeze

Floats lightly as the summer breath of seas O'er which Ulysses heard the Siren's song. Dreams of low-lying isles to June belong,

And Circe holds us in her haunts of ease;

But later, when these high ancestral trees Are sere, and such melodious languors wrong The reddening strength of the autumnal year,

Yield to heroic words thy ear and eye;Intent on these broad pages thou shalt hear

The trumpets' blare, the Argive battle-cry, And see Achilles hurl his hurtling spear, And mark the Trojan arrows make reply!

EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN (1833 -).

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