"It comes with bittersweet agony . . .
I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress
Perfect relief is not possible, except with time.
You cannot realize that you will ever feel better.
And yet it is a mistake.
You are sure to be happy again.
To know this, which is certainly true,
Will make you some less miserable now.
I have had experience enough to know what I say."
--- Abraham Lincoln


Do any hearts beat faster

“Do any hearts beat faster,
Do any faces brighten,
To hear your footsteps on the stair,
To meet you, greet you, anywhere?
Are you so like you Master,
Dark shadows to enlighten?
Are any happier to-day
Through words they have heard you say?
Life were not worth the living
If no one were the better
For having met you on the way,
And known the sunshine of your stay.”


No Enemies?
You have no enemies you say ?
Alas! my friend the boast is poor;
He who has mingled in the fray
of duty , that the brave endure,
Must have made foes! If you have none,
small is the work you have done.
You ‘ve hit no traitor on the hip,
You ‘ve dashed no cup from perjured lip,
You ‘ve never turned the wrong to right,
You ‘ve been a coward in the fight.

[ Charles Mackey 747 ] {ed. now cry for justice 493(1996)}


newyork nagaram

one of my favorite songs...