Happiness is silent, or speaks equivocally for friends,
Grief is explicit and her song never ends,
Happiness is like England, and will not state a case,
Grief, like Guilt, rushes in and talks apace.
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Stevie Smith
The Search
Happiness, a-roving round
For a sweet abiding place,
In a stately palace found
Symmetry and gilded grace;
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Robert Service
Seeking For Happiness
Seeking for happiness we must go slowly;
The road leads not down avenues of haste;
But often gently winds through by ways lowly,
Whose hidden pleasures are serene and chaste.
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Happiness, to some, elation;
Is, to others, mere stagnation.
Days of passive somnolence,
At its wildest, indolence.
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Amy Lowell
A Christmas Wish
I CAN NOT give you happiness :
For wishes long have ceased to bring
The Fortune which to page and king
They brought in those good centuries,
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Frederick William (FW) Harvey
Such is the Force of Happiness

Such is the Force of Happiness-
The Least-can lift a Ton
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Emily Dickinson
Ever again to breathe pure happiness,
So happy that we gave away our toy?
We smiled at nothings, needing no caress?
Have we not laughed too often since with Joy?
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Wilfred Owen
A Toast To Happiness
To happiness I raise my glass,
The goal of every human,
The hope of every clan and class
And every man and woman.
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Edgar Albert Guest
I Asked the professors who teach the meaning of life to tell
me what is happiness.
And I went to famous executives who boss the work of
thousands of men.
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Carl Sandburg
The Roads Of Happiness
The roads of happiness are not
The selfish roads of pleasure seeking,
Where cheeks are flushed with haste and hot
And none has time for kindly speaking.
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Edgar Albert Guest
The Seeker
I sought for my happiness over the world,
Oh, eager and far was my quest;
I sought it on mountain and desert and sea,
I asked it of east and of west.
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Lucy Maud Montgomery
A Glee
Quickly pass the social glass,
Hence with idle sorrow!
No delay---enjoy today,
Think not of tomorrow!
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Thomas Love Peacock
The Sum-Up
It is not power and fame
That make success;
It is not rank or name
Rate happiness.
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Robert William Service
Stanzas For Music: They Say That Hope Is Happiness
They say that Hope is happiness;
But genuine Love must prize the past,
And Memory wakes the thoughts that bless:
They rose the first--they set the last;
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George Gordon Byron
A lonely sail is flashing white
Amdist the blue mist of the sea!...
What does it seek in foreign lands?
What did it leave behind at home?..
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Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
The Sum-Up
It is not power and fame
That make success;
It is not rank or name
Rate happiness.
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Robert Service
Herbert Marshall
All your sorrow, Louise, and hatred of me
Sprang from your delusion that it was wantonness
Of spirit and contempt of your soul's rights
Which made me turn to Annabelle and forsake you.
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Edgar Lee Masters
A Moment Of Happiness
A moment of happiness,
you and I sitting on the verandah,
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.
We feel the flowing water of life here,
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Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
The Sonnet-Ballad
Oh mother, mother, where is happiness?
They took my lover's tallness off to war,
Left me lamenting. Now I cannot guess
What I can use an empty heart-cup for.
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Gwendolyn Brooks
Object Of My First Desire
Object of my first desire,-
Jesus, crucified for me;-
All to happiness aspire,
Only to be found in Thee;
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Augustus Montague Toplady

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