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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
140. “I Would I Might Forget That I Am I”
 
By George Santayana
 
 
I WOULD I might forget that I am I,
  And break the heavy chain that binds me fast,
  Whose links about myself my deeds have cast.
What in the body’s tomb doth buried lie
Is boundless; ’t is the spirit of the sky,        5
  Lord of the future, guardian of the past,
  And soon must forth, to know his own at last.
In his large life to live, I fain would die.
 
Happy the dumb beast, hungering for food,
  But calling not his suffering his own;        10
Blessèd the angel, gazing on all good,
  But knowing not he sits upon a throne;
Wretched the mortal, pondering his mood,
  And doomed to know his aching heart alone.
 

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