girlOvermastering pain – the most deadly and tragical element in life

Alas! Pain has its own way with all of us

It breaks in, a rude visitant, upon the fairy garden where the child wanders in a dream

No less surely than it rules upon the field of battle

Or sends the immortal war-god whimpering to his father

And innocence, no more than philosophy,

Can protect us from this sting

~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

 

waves-on-a-shoreMy hopes retire; my wishes as before

Struggle to find their resting place in vain

The ebbing sea thus beats against the shore

The shore repels it – it returns again

~W.S. Landor ~

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