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Poem by William Morris


Pain And Time Strive Not


What part of the dread eternity
Are those strange minutes that I gain,
Mazed with the doubt of love and pain,
When I thy delicate face may see,
A little while before farewell?

What share of the worlds yearning-tide
That flash, when new day bare and white
Blots out my half-dreams faint delight,
And there is nothing by my side,
And well remembered is farewell?

What drop in the grey flood of tears
That time, when the long day toiled through,
Worn out, shows nought for me to do,
And nothing worth my labour bears
The longing of that last farewell?

What pity from the heavens above,
What heed from out eternity,
What word from the swift world for me?
Speak, heed, and pity, O tender love,
Who knewst the days before farewell! 



William Morris


William Morris's other poems:
  1. All For The Cause
  2. Of The Three Seekers
  3. The Burgher's Battle
  4. To The Muse Of The North
  5. The Doomed Ship


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