Ah Poverties, Wincings Sulky Retreats

  AH poverties, wincings, and sulky retreats!
  Ah you foes that in conflict have overcome me!
  (For what is my life, or any man's life, but a conflict with foes--
  the old, the incessant war?)
  You degradations--you tussle with passions and appetites;
  You smarts from dissatisfied friendships, (ah wounds, the sharpest of
  You toil of painful and choked articulations--you meannesses;
  You shallow tongue-talks at tables, (my tongue the shallowest of
  You broken resolutions, you racking angers, you smother'd ennuis;
  Ah, think not you finally triumph--My real self has yet to come
  It shall yet march forth o'ermastering, till all lies beneath me; 10
  It shall yet stand up the soldier of unquestion'd victory.

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