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written by William Henry Davies
From "Ambition", 1929 Link to further information

Things that are dear to me at home
Need all my help, and more;
And many a kindly thought I kill,
For the stranger at my door;
Yet every generous impulse slain,
Is a ghost that haunts me still.

It's better that a woman had
A love-child at her breast,
Than live a heartless, selfish maid;
It's better that a man should trust
A worthless knave, than never have
His love or innocence betrayed.

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