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Alexander Smith (1830 – 1867)

Scottish poet, and labelled as one of the Spasmodic School.
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Alexander Smith
A poem round and perfect as a star.
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The soul of man is like the rolling world,
One half in day, the other dipt in night;
The one has music and the flying cloud,
The other, silence and the wakeful stars.
The saddest thing that befalls a soul
Is when it loses faith in God and woman.

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Like a pale martyr in his shirt of fire.
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In winter, when the dismal rain
Comes down in slanting lines,
And Wind, that grand old harper, smote
His thunder-harp of pines.
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In life there is nothing more unexpected and surprising than the arrivals and departures of pleasure. If we find it in one place to-day, it is vain to seek it there to-morrow. You can not lay a trap for it.
Alexander Smith
Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well.
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Each time we love,
We turn a nearer and a broader mark
To that keen archer, Sorrow, and he strikes.
Everything is sweetened by risk.
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We twain have met like the ships upon the sea,
Who hold an hourís converse, so short, so sweet;
One little hour! And then, away they speed
On lonely paths, through mist and cloud and foam,
To meet no more.
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We hear the wail of the remorseful winds
In their strange penance. And this wretched orb
Knows not the taste of rest; a maniac world,
Homeless and sobbing through the deep she goes.

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Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine.
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