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Robert William Service (Роберт Уильям Сервис)


Regret


It's not for laws I've broken
That bitter tears I've wept,
But solemn vows I've spoken
And promises unkept;
It's not for sins committed
My heart is full of rue,
but gentle acts omitted,
Kind deeds I did not do.

I have outlived the blindness,
The selfishness of youth;
The canker of unkindness,
The cruelty of truth;
The searing hurt of rudeness...
By mercies great and small,
I've come to reckon goodness
The greatest gift of all.

Let us be helpful ever
to those who are in need,
And each new day endeavour
To do some gentle deed;
For faults beyond our grieving,
What kindliness atone;
On earth by love achieving
A Heaven of our own.



Robert William Service's other poems:
  1. The Prospector
  2. It is Later than You Think
  3. The Pines
  4. The Lark
  5. On the Wire


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Jean Ingelow (Джин Инджелоу) Regret ("O that word REGRET!")
  • Charlotte Brontё (Шарлотта Бронте) Regret ("Long ago I wished to leave")

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