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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

George McKnight (1840–1897)

“Though Naught They May to Others Be”

IF in these thoughts of mine that now assuage

The tedium of the toilsome life I live,

The few who chance to notice should perceive

Nothing their lasting interest to engage,

And quickly cease to turn the farther page,—

It were a shameful thing if I should grieve.

For if kind Destiny has chosen to give

To other minds, in many a clime and age,

Days brighter than my hours, should I repine?

And what if by an over-hasty glance

Some import be not heeded, or, perchance,

Too dim a light upon the pages shine?

Would I be wronged, even though the wealth I own,

And not the less enjoy, were all unknown?