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Self-Esteem Poems

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  1. Arise by Raymond Garfield Dandridge
  2. I Am! by John Clare

  1. Arise

    by Raymond Garfield Dandridge

    Arise! ye humble undertrodden wight,
    Behold, at edge of yonder east,
    The blazing Sun of Hope adawn!
    Think ye not thou needst ever be
    The hireling, or an o'er lord's slave;
    For He who makes all men, also made thee,
    Of sinew, brain, and bone,
    And bade thee cleave a bit of earth
    Whereon to stand alone.

  2. I Am!

    by John Clare

    I am—yet what I am none cares or knows;
    My friends forsake me like a memory lost:
    I am the self-consumer of my woes—
    They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
    Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes
    And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed

    Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
    Into the living sea of waking dreams,
    Where there is neither sense of life or joys,
    But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems;
    Even the dearest that I loved the best
    Are strange—nay, rather, stranger than the rest.

    I long for scenes where man hath never trod
    A place where woman never smiled or wept
    There to abide with my Creator, God,
    And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept,
    Untroubling and untroubled where I lie
    The grass below—above the vaulted sky.

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