Poems and Prose Remains, Vol II

In The Depths

Arthur Hugh Clough

IT IS not sweet content, be sure,
    That moves the nobler Muse to song,
Yet when could truth come whole and pure
    From hearts that inly writhe with wrong?

’Tis not the calm and peaceful breast
    That sees or reads the problem true;
They only know on whom it has prest
    Too hard to hope to solve it too.

Our ills are worse than at their ease
    These blameless happy souls suspect,
They only study the disease,
    Alas, who live not to detect.

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