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A Career

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'Break me my bounds, and let me fly
To regions vast of boundless sky;
Nor I, like piteous Daphne, be
Root-bound. Ah, no! I would be free
As yon same bird that in its flight
Outstrips the range of mortal sight;
Free as the mountain streams that gush
From bubbling springs, and downward rush
Across the serrate mountain's side,--
The rocks o'erwhelmed, their banks defied,--

And like the passions in the soul,
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Susan Williams 19 December 2015

A frightening destiny- to live and nobody notices- -He lived a silent life alone, And laid him down when it was done; And at his head was placed a stone On which was carved a name unknown!

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Matt Meunier 02 June 2013

Does anyone know the history of this poem? I get the sense that it's slightly autobiographical and that he wrote the first part as a young man and added the ending later.

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Meshack Bankole 16 April 2013

Good rhyme in balladic patterns. Captivating lines

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