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Poem by Matthew Arnold


To a Republican Friend


God knows it, I am with you. If to prize
Those virtues, priz'd and practis'd by too few,
But priz'd, but lov'd, but eminent in you,
Man's fundamental life: if to despise
The barren optimistic sophistries
Of comfortable moles, whom what they do
Teaches the limit of the just and true--
And for such doing have no need of eyes:
If sadness at teh long heart-wasting show
Wherein earth's great ones are disquieted:
If thoughts, not idle, while before me flow
The armies of the homeless and unfed:--
If these are yours, if this is what you are,
Then am I yours, and what you feel, I share. 



Matthew Arnold


Matthew Arnold's other poems:
  1. The Forsaken Merman
  2. Palladium
  3. Self-Dependence
  4. Isolation: To Marguerite
  5. The Buried Life


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