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'But it is not enough . . .'

But it is not enough to look upon a rolling main,   Forget, or half-forget, and look again,   And so for ever. And it is not enough for me to view a fair campaign,   Forget, or half-forget, and view again,   And so for ever. And it is not enough to gaze upon a nebule-streak,   Forget, or half-forget, and gaze again,   And so for ever. And it is not enough to pore upon a woman's cheek,   Forget, or half-forget, and pore again,   And so for ever. But more I do not; neither hope to do. My life is vain.   And I must languish till these memories wane,   And sleep for ever.

Citation

“'But it is not enough . . .',” by Owen, Wilfred (1893-1918). The Estate of Wilfred Owen. The Complete Poems and Fragments of Wilfred Owen edited by Jon Stallworthy first published by Chatto & Windus, 1983. Preliminaries, introductory, editorial matter, manuscripts and fragments omitted. via First World War Poetry Digital Archive, accessed April 21, 2024, http://ww1lit.nsms.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/items/show/10521.

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