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Edwin Arlington Robinson - Dear Friends

Dear Friends, reproach me not for what I do,
Nor counsel me, nor pity me; nor say
That I am wearing half my life away
For bubble-work that only fools pursue.
And if my bubbles be too small for you,
Blow bigger then your own: the games we play
To fill the frittered minutes of a day,
Good glasses are to read the spirit through.

And whoso reads may get him some shrewd skill;
And some unprofitable scorn resign,
To praise the very thing that he deplores;
So, friends (dear friends), remember, if you will,
The shame I win for singing is all mine,
The gold I miss for dreaming is all yours. 

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Dear Friends

Comment 2 of 2, added on June 16th, 2009 at 11:09 PM.

I like this poem...even though I can not understand the meaning well because you know that English is not my native language.But i do believe that this poem must be the best poem by Edwin like Angela said.

agusta from Indonesia
Comment 1 of 2, added on February 8th, 2006 at 11:58 AM.

I love this poem...it is pretty much my favorite poem by Robinson...and one of my favorites, ever. As a struggling poet myself, I completely connect with Robinson's passion for his "bubble work". I hope everyone can connect with this poem the way that I have.

Angela from United States

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