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THE JOYFUL WISDOM
11.
The Proverb Speaks.

Harsh and gentle, fine and mean,
Quite rare and common, dirty and clean,
The fools' and the sages' go-between:
All this I will be, this have been,
Dove and serpent and swine, I ween!


12.
To a Lover of Light.

That eye and sense be not fordone
E'en in the shade pursue the sun!


13.
For Dancers.

Smoothest ice,
A paradise
To him who is a dancer nice.


14.
The Brave Man.

A feud that knows not flaw nor break,
Rather then patched-up friendship, take.


15.
Rust.

Rust's needed: keenness will not satisfy!
"He is too young!" the rabble loves to cry.


16.
Excelsior.

"How shall I reach the top?" No time
For thus reflecting! Start to climb!