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With memory set smarting like a reopened wound, a man's past is not simply a dead history, an outworn preparation of the present: ...
Praise when merited is not a boon: yet to a generous nature, is it pleasant to utter it.
The years go by in single file;
But none has merited my fear,
And none has quite escaped my smile.
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