Honour

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Me let the world disparage and despise —
   The world, that hugs its soul-corroding chains,
   The world, that spends for such ignoble gains.
Let foe or bigot wrap my name in lies;
Let Justice, blind and maimed and halt, chastise
   The rebel-spirit surging in my veins;
   Let the Law deal me penalties and pains;
Let me be outcast in my neighbours' eyes.

But let me fall not in my own esteem,
  By poor deceit or petty greed debased;
  Let me be clean from undetected shame;
Know myself true, though heretic I seem;
  Know myself faithful, howsoe'er disgraced;
  Upright and strong, for all the load of blame.

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