Duty surviving Self-Love
- Unchanged within, to see all changed without,
- Is a blank lot and hard to bear, no doubt.
- Yet why at others' Wanings should'st thou fret ?
- Then only might'st thou feel a just regret,
- Hadst thou withheld thy love or hid thy light
- In selfish forethought of neglect and slight.
- O wiselier then, from feeble yearnings freed,
- While, and on whom, thou may'st--shine on ! nor heed
- Whether the object by reflected light
- Return thy radiance or absorb it quite :
- And tho' thou notest from thy safe recess
- Old Friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air,
- Love them for what they are ; nor love them less,
- Because to thee they are not what they were.
- --oOo-- -