My former thoughts returned : the fear that kills ; And hope that is unwilling to be fed ; Cold, pain, and labor, and all fleshly ills ; And mighty Poets in their misery dead. Macmillan's Magazine - Page 2181886Full view
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Fireside pictorial annual - 1883
...him that he lives by gathering leeches. Then the poet continues : — " My former thoughts returned : the fear that kills, And hope that is unwilling to be fed ; Cold, pain, and labonr, and all fleshy ills ; And mighty poets in their misery dead. But now, perplexed by what the...
Frederic William Henry Myers - 1925 - 189 pages
...actual experience. Wordsworth, walking on the moors, and suddenly depressed from the summit of joy to "the fear that kills, and hope that is unwilling to be fed ", meets an old man gathering leeches from the pools : neither age nor toil can force bitterness or...