Vain Endeavour

Worldly Joys, (picnic)

Th' upward soaring spirit ever
Craves the joys of heaven to know,
But alas! the vain endeavour!
Bondslave of the flesh, below:
Though they be but frail as straw,
Worldly joys more strongly draw.

~ "Moral Emblems" from Jacob Cats and Robert Farlie, 1860. Not in copyright.
 Painting by Thomas Cole, public domain PD-US.

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