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Hate, pride, and fear all diminish joy. So does sorrow, which causes people to shed tears. However, Shelley thinks that even if humans lacked all these things and so were not held back by them, they would not be able to achieve the transcendent joy in the song.


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This line isn't advocating scorning fear. In contrast, it's saying that if we could scorn/reject "hate and pride and fear" - strong emotions that often lead to negative consequences - and if people were born "not to shed a tear", or to not experience sadness, he doesn't know how we could ever achieve close to ("I know not how... we ...


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