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This is not a passage that pines for what is not.  It is stating how things are -- pain and joy are indivisible -- and thoughtfully resigning to this as better than being without pain, and so without joy.

How do you read it?

CR Mittal wrote:
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looking before and after and pining for what is not
 
 
Yet if we could scorn
        Hate and pride and fear,
      If we were things born
        Not to shed a tear
I know not how thy joy we ever should come near.
 
        -- P.B. Shelley, "To a Skylark"
 
 
CR