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Canticle

Another sad poem

I am yet what I am none cares or knows;

My friends forsake me as a memory lost:

I am the self-consumer of my woes

They rise and vanish in oblivious host,

Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes

And yet I am, and live like vapors tossed

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,

Into the living sea of waking dreams,

Where there is neither sense of life or joys,

But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems;

Even the dearest that I loved the best

Are strange nay, rather, stranger than the rest.

I long for scenes where man hath never trod

A place where woman never smiled or wept

There to abide with my Creator, God,

And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept,

Untroubling and untroubled where I lie

The grass below above the vaulted sky.