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Talent is formed in solitude,
Character in the bustle of the world.
Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.
None merits the name of Creator but God and the poet.
Her voluntary fruits, free without fees;
Then amongst flowers and springs,
Making delightful sport,
Sat lovers without conflict, without flame;
Not for no cold did freeze,
Nor any cloud beguile
Th'eternal flowering spring,
O happy, golden age!
Not for that rivers ran
With streams of milk, and honey dropped from trees;
Thou madest loose grace unkind;
Gavest bridle to their words, art to their pace.
...
Honour, thou first didst close
The spring of all delight,
Denying water to the amorous thirst;
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