James Russell Lowell

Cambridge, Massachusetts
James Russell Lowell
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Longing

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Of all the myriad moods of mind
That through the soul come thronging,
Which one was e'er so dear, so kind,
So beautiful as Longing?
The thing we long for, that we are
For one transcendent moment,
Before the Present poor and bare
Can make its sneering comment.

Still, through our paltry stir and strife,
Glows down the wished ideal,
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