"End of the Affair"
Few - none - find what they love or could have loved,
Though accident, blind, contact, and the strong
Necessity of loving, have removed
Antipathies - but to recur, ere long,
Envenomed with irrevocable wrong;
And Circumstance, that unspiritual god
And miscreator, makes and helps along
Our coming evils with a crutch-like rod,
Whose touch turns Hope to dust, - the dust we all have trod.
- Lord Byron (d. 1824)
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto the Fourth
TITLE - "End of the Affair"
WHERE - Paris, France (2015)