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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: II. Life
Without and Within
Pietro Metastasio (1698–1782)
 
Anonymous translation from the Italian

IF every man’s internal care
  Were written on his brow,
How many would our pity share
  Who raise our envy now?
 
The fatal secret, when revealed,        5
  Of every aching breast,
Would prove that only while concealed
  Their lot appeared the best.
 
 
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