Stops of Various Quills/Change

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Change by William Dean Howells
illustrations by Howard Pyle

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CHANGE


SOMETIMES, when after spirited debate 
 Of letters or affairs, in thought I go
 Smiling unto myself, and all aglow
With some immediate purpose, and elate
As if my little, trivial scheme were great,
 And what I would so were already so:
 Suddenly I think of her that died, and know,
Whatever friendly or unfriendly fate
 Befall me in my hope or in my pride,
It is all nothing but a mockery,
And nothing can be what it used to be,
 When I could bid my happy life abide,
And build on earth for perpetuity,
 Then, in the deathless days before she died.


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