James Joyce

(2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941 / Dublin / Ireland)

Be Not Sad


Be not sad because all men
Prefer a lying clamour before you:
Sweetheart, be at peace again -- -
Can they dishonour you?

They are sadder than all tears;
Their lives ascend as a continual sigh.
Proudly answer to their tears:
As they deny, deny.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Ruby Root (7/10/2006 9:15:00 PM)

    I think these are strong word, and very true. It is very sad. I can relate to
    this poem. Excellent poetry, with true meaning. (Report) Reply

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