Poesie: Landor’s I Strove with None

These lines are a heroic quatrain in more than one sense. Such pure stoicism is rare in English.

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In 1849, Walter Savage Landor wrote this epitaph for himself on his 74th birthday.

I Strove with None

I strove with none, for none was worth my strife:
Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art:
I warmed both hands before the fire of Life;
It sinks; and I am ready to depart.

from The Last Fruit off an Old Tree

~ Walter Savage Landor (1775 – 1864)

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