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And thus we rust Life's iron chain
Degraded and alone:
I never saw a man who looked
With such a wistful eye
Upon that little tent of blue
Which prisoners call the sky.
I know not whether Laws be right
Or whether Laws be wrong;
And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats,
None knew so well as I:
It is sweet to dance to violins
When Love and Life are fair:
Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
The vilest deeds like poison weeds,
Bloom well in prison-air;
But neither milk-white rose nor red
May bloom in prison air;
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn.
Like two doomed ships that pass in storm
We had crossed each other's way:
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