I know the very difference that lies 'Twixt hallowed love and base, unholy lust; I know the one is as a golden spur, Urging the spirit to all noble aims; The other but a foul and miry pit, Overthrowing it in the midst of its career; I know the one is as a

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I know the very difference that lies 'Twixt hallowed love and base, unholy lust; I know the one is as a golden spur, Urging the spirit to all noble aims; The other but a foul and miry pit, Overthrowing it in the midst of its career; I know the one is as a

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I know the very difference that lies 'Twixt hallowed love and base, unholy lust; I know the one is as a golden spur, Urging the spirit to all noble aims; The other but a foul and miry pit, Overthrowing it in the midst of its career; I know the one is as a living spring Of virtuous thoughts, true dealings, and brave deeds-- Nobler than glory, and more sweet than pleasure-- Richer than wealth, begetter of more excellence Than aught that from this earth corrupt takes birth, Second alone in the fair fruit it bears To the unmixed ore of true devotion: I know that lust is all of this, spelt backwards; Fouler than shame, and bitterer than sorrow, More loathly than most abject penury-- Nor hath it fruit or bearing to requite it, Save sick satiety and good men's scorn.

By FANNY KEMBLE, The Star of Seville: A Drama in Five Acts

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