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Poem by Leigh Gordon Giltner


Love and Death


Ever athwart Life's sunlit, upland ways
Falleth the shadow of impending Death,
And still Life's flowers beneath his blighting breath
To ashes wither, and to dust, her bays.
What were the worth of hard-won power or praise?
Awaits us all the grave-cell dark and deep,
The greedy grave-worm's maw, the awful sleep
When Death his cold hand on our pulses lays.
What then the end of action or of strife?
The sphinxèd riddle of the Universe,
Nature's unsolved enigma, who may prove?
Life's Passion Play all blindly men rehearse....
But yet our recompense for birth, for life,
For death itself, meseems, is deathless Love!



Leigh Gordon Giltner


Leigh Gordon Giltner's other poems:
  1. To One Who Sleeps
  2. To R. D. MacLean
  3. Shylock
  4. Afterbloom
  5. In Woodland Ways


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • George Byron Love and Death ("I watched thee when the foe was at our side")
  • Edward Bulwer-Lytton Love and Death ("O Strong as the eagle")
  • Samuel Lover Love and Death ("Cupid, one day, was surprised in a shower of rain")

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