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Friday, March 28, 2008

Wasted Potentials

Full many a gem of purest ray serene,

The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,

And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

- Thomas Gray, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (14th stanza), in Mary Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter & Jon Stallworthy, eds., The Norton Anthology of Poetry: Shorter Fourth Edition (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1997), p. 367.

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