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renown

n.

The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

A degree of distinction between notoriety and fame — a little more supportable than the one and a little more intolerable than the other. Sometimes it is conferred by an unfriendly and inconsiderate hand.

I touched the harp in every key,
    But found no heeding ear;
And then Ithuriel touched me
    With a revealing spear.

Not all my genius, great as 'tis,
    Could urge me out of night.
I felt the faint appulse of his,
    And leapt into the light!

W.J. Candleton