And indee d ther e wil l be tim e
To wonder "D o I dare?" and , "D o I dare? "
Time t o tur n bac k an d descen d th e stair .
Do I dar e
Disturb th e Universe ?
For I have know n the m al l already, know n the m all ;
Have know n th e evenings , mornings , afternoons ,
I hav e measure d ou t m y life with coffe e spoons .
I shoul d hav e been a pai r o f ragged claw s
Scuttling acros s the floor s o f silent seas .
No! I a m no t Princ e Hamlet , no r wa s meant t o be ;
Am a n attendan t lord , on e that wil l d o
To swel l a progress , star t a scene or tw o
At times , indeed , almos t ridiculous -
Almost, a t times , the Fool .
We have lingere d i n the chamber s o f the se a
By sea-girl s wreathe d wit h seawee d re d an d brow n
Till huma n voice s wake us, and w e drown .
(T.S. Eliot , "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock")
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