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On Death

Language: English

O Life, thy name to me's a galling sound,
A sound I fain would wish to breathe no more;
One only peace for me my hopes have found,
When thy existence and wild race is o'er;
When Death, with one, heals every other wound,
And lays my aching head in the cold ground.
O happy hour! I only wish to have
Another moment's gasp, and then the grave.
I only wish for one departing sigh,
A welcome farewel take of all, and die.
Thou'st given me little, world, for thanks' return,
Thou tempst me little with thee still to 'bide:
One only cause in leaving thee I mourn, -
That I had e'er been born, nor in the cradle died.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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Text added to the website: 2008-07-22.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:48
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