Edwin Muir

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There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means—either may do—the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
Benjamin Franklin
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Edwin Muir (15 May 1887 - 3 January, 1959) was a Scottish poet, novelist and translator, born in Deerness, on the Orkney Islands.


  • The world's great day is growing late,
    Yet strange these fields that we have planted
    So long with crops of love and hate.
    • One Foot in Eden (1972)
  • Long time he lay upon the sunny hill,
    To his father's house below securely bound.
    • Childhood (1983)
  • They do not live in the world,
    Are not in time and space.
    From birth to death hurled
    No word do they have, not one
    To plant a foot upon,
    Were never in any place.
    • The Animals (1983)
  • I have observed in foolish awe
    The dateless mid-days of the law
    And seen indifferent justice done
    By everyone on everyone.
    • The Brothers (1983)

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