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(16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817 / Hampshire, England)

When Stretch'd on One's Bed

When stretch'd on one's bed
With a fierce-throbbing head,
Which preculdes alike thought or repose,
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  • Ravendra Krsihnasamy (6/16/2010 1:51:00 AM)

    I find this poem tells us a message which is known to us but yet eludes us most of the time. We are so enraptured in our day to day activities that we tend to forget that our energy, strength and inspiration is drawn not by strving or pushing ourselves harder and harder but by the simple act of keeping ourselves healthy and mentally relaxed so that we can be our optimum selves. It is then that we can do the most meaningful things in live - helping ourselves and others. As the lines say:

    Tis in health and in ease
    We the power must seize
    For our friends and our souls to provide.

    As the poet tells us ironically such a lesson is taught to us over and over again not in the excitement and din of daily live but when one is going through pain!

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