by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906)

Sympathy
Language: English 
The tear another's tears bring forth,
    The sigh which answers sigh,
The pulse that beats at other's woes,
    E'en though our own be nigh,

A balm to bathe the wounded heart
    Where sorrow's hand hath lain,
The link divine from soul to soul
    That makes us one in pain,--

Sweet sympathy, benignant ray,
    Light of the soul doth shine;
In it is human nature giv'n
    A touch of the divine. 

Distributed at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago

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