Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon

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Author: Adam Lindsay Gordon

No. III

’Tis a wicked world we live in;
Wrong in reason, wrong in rhyme;
But no matter: we’ll not give in
While we still can come to time.

Strength’s a shadow; Hope is madness,
Love, delusion; Friendship, sham;
Pleasure fades away to sadness,
None of these are worth a d----n.

There is naught on earth to please us;
All things at the crisis fail.
Friends desert us, bailiffs tease us —
(To such foes we give leg-bail).

But a stout heart still maintaining,
Quells the ills we all must meet,
And a spirit fear disdaining
Lays our troubles at our feet.

So we’ll ne’er surrender tamely
To the ills that throng us fast.
If we must die, let’s die gamely;
Luck may take a turn at last.

[End of Miscellaneous Poems.]

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Chicago: Adam Lindsay Gordon, "No. III," Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed June 19, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VBQ2GYFLFJNSXF.

MLA: Gordon, Adam Lindsay. "No. III." Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 19 Jun. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VBQ2GYFLFJNSXF.

Harvard: Gordon, AL, 'No. III' in Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 19 June 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VBQ2GYFLFJNSXF.