Alfred Austin

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Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.
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Alfred Austin (1835 - 1913) was a British poet laureate.

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Poem "Is Life Worth Living?" [1]

  • Is life worth living? Yes, so long
    As Spring revives the year,
    And hails us with the cuckoo's song,
    To show that she is here;
  • Is life worth living? Yes, so long
    As there is wrong to right,
    Wail of the weak against the strong,
    Or tyranny to fight;
  • So long as faith with freedom reigns
    And loyal hope survives,
    And gracious charity remains
    To leaven lowly lives;
    While there is one untrodden tract
    For intellect or will,
    And men are free to think and act,
    Life is worth living still.
  • He is dead already who doth not feel
    Life is worth living still.

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  • O'er the wires the electric message came,
    "He is no better; he is much the same."
    • An 1871 poem on the illness of the Prince of Wales, although there is some doubt that Austin actually wrote this part.

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