by Jessie Adelaide Middleton (1864 - 1933)

Life and death
Language: English 
To look for thee, cry for thee, sigh for thee,
   Under my breath,
To clasp but a shade
   Where thy head has been laid,
      It is death.

To long for thee, yearn for thee, burn for thee,
   Sorrow and strife,
But to have thee, to have thee,
   And hold thee and fold thee,
      It is life.


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Research team for this text: John Glenn Paton [Guest Editor] , Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2012-02-13
Line count: 10
Word count: 56