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I will leave mine ancient foe!"
Though I wandered far and wide,---
And I fled where the blue waters
I have been where Nile's broad river
Runs upon the burning sand;
Then I fled where snows eternal
Cold and dreary ever lie;
Where the rosy lightnings gleam,
I have thought, “ If I can gaze
For I know that he is nothing
As I gazed at him the more,
Then I said, " Mine arm is strong,
Once I battled with him so
Murmuring to myself I said,
And, lo!-mine enemy was there!
Listen, for my soul is weary,
Weary of its endless woe;
I have called on one to aid me
Mightier even than my foe.
Strength and hope fail day by day;
I shall cheat him of his
Some day soon, I know not when,
He has wounded me before,
heart can bear no more;
Pray that hour may come to me,
Only then shall I be free;
Death alone has strength to take me
Where my foe can never be;
Death, and Death alone, has power
To conquer mine old
THE TRIUMPH OF TIME.
HE tender delicate Flowers,
I saw them fanned by a warm western
Fed by soft summer showers,
Shielded by care, and yet, (oh Fate unkind!)
Fade in a few short hours.
The gentle and the gay,
Rich in a glorious Future of bright deeds,
Are met by Death, who sternly, sadly leads
And Hopes, perfumed and bright,
So lately shining, wet with dew and tears,
I saw them change to dark and anxious fears
I wept that all must die—
"Yet Love," I cried, " doth live, and conquer death-"
And Time passed by,
And breathed on Love, and killed it with his breath Ere Death was nigh.
More bitter far than all
It was to know that Love can change and die— Hush! for the ages call
"The Love of God lives through eternity, And conquers all!"
ITHOUT one bitter feeling let us part-
A radiance like a glory round my head,
I thank you, yes, I thank you from my heart.