Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

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Oh, joy of the dying!
At last thou art mine.
And leaping to meet thee,
Impatient to greet thee,
A rapid and rapturous, sensitive, fine
Gayety steals through my pulses to-day,
Daring and doubting like pleasure
Forbidden, or Winter looking at May.


Oh, sorrow of living!
Make way for the thrill
Of the soul that is starting--
Onlooking--departing
Across the threshold of clay.
Bend, bow to the will
Of the soul that is up and away!

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