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Literature and Ideas

hope

n.

The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

Desire and expectation rolled into one.

Delicious Hope! when naught to man is left —
Of fortune destitute, of friends bereft;
When even his dog deserts him, and his goat
With tranquil disaffection chews his coat
While yet it hangs upon his back; then thou,
The star far-flaming on thine angel brow,
Descendest, radiant, from the skies to hint
The promise of a clerkship in the Mint.

Fogarty Weffing