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By Byron, Lord

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Book Id: WPLBN0000223605
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Manfred  
Author: Byron, Lord
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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MANFRED. The lamp must be replenish'd, but even then / It will not burn so long as I must watch. / My slumbers -- if I slumber -- are not sleep, / But a continuance of enduring thought, / Which then I can resist not: in my heart / There is a vigil, and these eyes but close / To look within; and yet I live, and bear / The aspect and the form of breathing men. / But grief should be the instructor of the wise; / Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the most / Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth, / The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life. / Philosophy and science, and the springs / Of wonder, and the wisdom of the world, / I have essay'd, and in my mind there is / A power to make these subject to itself -- / But they avail not: I have done men good, / And I have met with good even among men -- / But this avail'd not: I have had my foes, / And none have baffled, many fallen before me -- / But this avail'd not: Good, or evil, life, / Powers, passions, all I see in other beings, / Have been to me as rain unto the sands, / Since that all-nameless hour. I have no dread, / And feel the curse to have no natural fear / Nor fluttering throb, that beats with hopes or wishes / Or lurking love of something on the earth. / Now to my task. -...

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