William Wordsworth: The Strength of Love

There is a comfort in the strength of love;
‘Twill make a thing endurable, which else
Would break the heart.

     –William Wordsworth, from “Michael”

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Walt Whitman: Thought (Of Equality)

(Credit: Ohio Wesleyan U., Bayley Collection)





Thought

Of Equality–as if it harm’d me, giving others
     the same chances and rights as myself–
     as if it were not indispensable to my own
     rights that others possess the same.

                        –Walt Whitman