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Hawthorne at Salem

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Poem \"Moderate Views\" written by Hawthorne on February 13, 1817
Poem "Moderate Views" written by Hawthorne on February 13, 1817
In this poem the young Hawthorne expresses his hope that he will live a modest, humble life and his view that the true glories of life are available to all: With passions unruffled untainted by pride By reason my life let me square. The wants of my nature are cheaply supplied And the rest are but folly and care. How vainly through infinite trouble and strife The many their labours employ, Since all that is truly delightful in life, Is what all if they please may enjoy. (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)