As thoughts possess the fashion of the mood
That gave them birth, so every deed we do
Partakes of our inborn disquietude
That spurns the old and reaches toward the new.
The noblest works of human art and pride
Show that their makers were not satisfied.
For, looking down the ladder of our deeds,
The rounds seem slender: all our work appears
Unto the doer faulty: the heart bleeds
And pale Regret comes weltering in tears,
To think how poor our best has been, how vain,
Beside the excellence we would attain.