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Thursday, 1 August 2013

A Philosophical Query by John Godfrey Saxe

To _____________.

If Virtue be measured by what we resist,
When against Inclination we strive,
You and I have been proved, we may fairly insist,
The most virtuous mortals alive !

Now Virtue, we know, is the brightest of pearls,
But as Pleasure is hard of evasion.
Should we envy, or pity, the stoical churls
Who never have known a temptation?

From: Saxe, John G, Poems, Ticknor and Fields: Boston, 1860, p. 82.

Date: 1849

By: John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887)