17th earl oxford edward de vere quotes

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A doubtful choice, of these three which to crave,
A kingdom, or a cottage, or a grave.
Were I a king, I could command content;
Were I obscure, hidden should be my cares;
Ah, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever!
Let the bell toll!--a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river;
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There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave,
There are souls that are pure and true;
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Give truth, and your gift will be paid in kind,
And honor will honor meet;
Have faith, and a score of hearts will show
Their faith in your word and deed.
For life is the mirror of king and slave--
Give sorrow and pity to those who mourn;
Humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.
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