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We can paint unrealistic pictures of the juggler--displaying her now as a problem-free paragon of glamour and now as a modern hag. ...
Below me trees unnumbered rise,
Beautiful in various dyes:
The kind of Unitarian
Who having by elimination got
The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag,
Was once the beauty Abishag,
In his sleeves, which were long,
He had twenty-four packs,--
Till through her wasted hand, at night,
You saw the taper shining.
How ill this taper burns! Ha! Who comes here?
I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
Now sit we close about this taper here,
And call in question our necessities.
The flame o' th' taper
Bows toward her, and would under-peep her lids,
In literature it is only the wild that attracts us. Dullness is but another name for tameness. It is the uncivilized free and wild ...
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