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1884 Excerpt: ...It seemeth one to those who sigh: This life of
ours, so short a breath, Were sure more fitly called death: We do
but live in hope to die. Whether we live, or whether we die--Two
thoughts diverging still more nigh: Proceeding east, we reach the
west, And in unquiet find our rest: We long for life, for death we
sigh. Whether we live, or whether we die, Earth hath no life for
those who sigh; Let death be ours, 'tis all we crave, Nor seek we
aught from life to save: O death, restore our life, we cry..;
WEEDS. Thou Heaven that send'st thy gentle rain, On humble weed as
well as grain, Hast surely some becoming use For what men only find
abuse. Perchance, the flowers and fruits which grace And decorate
sweet Nature's face, Which please and gratify each sense, Have, in
their being recompense For all the pleasures they bestow-On longing
mortals here below; But wherefore power of being given, Soft balmy
airs and dews from heaven, To such as men can only spurn, If Heaven
doth look for no return? Assure thyself, O mortal vain, There's not
a weed that dots the plain Of human life, or flecks the corn, A
fitting object of thy scorn. Oh, human hearts, though faint and
low, Have other purpose than we know; Heaven is the start, the
strength, the end--The goal towards which all beings tend, And
though none may life's purpose tell, Heaven's purpose worketh there
as well. -a- DEATH? This careless thing, that lies so still, So
calmly nothing--'tis a jest: Who says he lies before us, will
Arouse but tearful mirth at best. With pick and spade let earth be
rent, Quick to your work, put earth to earth; 'Tis done, 'tis well:
this body lent, Is now returned for second birth. For birth--for
birth? We pause in thought: What birth hath he who late knew ours?
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