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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1122. So Wags the World
 
By Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz
 
 
MEMORY cannot linger long,
  Joy must die the death.
Hope’s like a little silver song
  Fading in a breath.
So wags the weary world away        5
  Forever and a day.
 
But love, that sweetest madness,
Leaps and grows in toil and sadness,
Makes unseeing eyes to see,
And heapeth wealth in penury.        10
So wags the good old world away
  Forever and a day.
 

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