Stops of Various Quills/The Burden

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The Burden by William Dean Howells
illustrations by Howard Pyle

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I WRITHED beneath my burden, 
 fumed and groaned.
My burden that had felt and
 heard me, moaned:
"You do not know what misery is, nor
The bitterest part is of our common lot.
The strength I load in you with my loath
My weakness would so gladly own its
Think, once, how much more dreadful it
 must be
To be the burden than bear it, and pity

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