Worldly Wisdom

If it were in my dead Past’s power
 To let my Present bask
In some lost pleasure for an hour,
 This is the boon I’d ask:

Re-pedestal from out the dust
 Where long ago ‘twas hurled,
My beautiful incautious trust
 In this unworthy world.

The symbol of my souls own truth
 I saw it go with tears
The sweet unwisdom of my youth
 That vanished with the years.

Since knowledge brings us only grief,
 I would return again
To happy ignorance and belief
 In motives and in men.

For worldly wisdom learned in pain
 Is in itself a cross,
Significant mayhap of gain,
 Yet sign of saddest loss.

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