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A Prayer

By: Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.

Poetry

Excerpt: AS I lie in bed, // Flat on my back; // There passes across my ceiling // An endless panaroma of things- // Quick steps of gay-voiced children, // Adolescence in its wondering silences, // Maid and man on moonlit summer's eve, // Women in the holy glow of Motherhood, // Old men gazing silently through the twilight // Into the beyond. // O God, give me words to make my dream-children live. // Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr. // And What Shall You Say? // BROTHER, come! ...

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Heraclitus

By: William Cory

Poetry

Excerpt: Translation of Callimachus' 2d Epigram // THEY told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead, // They brought me bitter news to hear and bitter tears to shed. // I wept as I remember'd how often you and I // Had tired the sun with talking and sent him down the sky. // And now that thou art lying, my dear old Carian guest, // A handful of gray ashes, long, long ago at rest, // Still are thy pleasant voices, thy nightingales, awake; // For Death, he taketh all a...

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Life

By: Barry Cornwall

Poetry

Excerpt: WE are born; we laugh; we weep; // We love; we droop, we die! // Ah! wherefore do we laugh or weep? // Why do we live or die? // Who knows that secret deep? // Alas, not I! // Why doth the violet spring // Unseen by human eye? // Why do the radiant seasons bring // Sweet thoughts that quickly fly? // Why do our fond hearts cling // To things that die? // We toil - through pain and wrong; // We fight - and fly; // We love; we lose; and then, ere long, // Stone-de...

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Love Me If I Live

By: Barry Cornwall

Poetry

Excerpt: LOVE me if I live! // Love me if I die! // What to me is life or death, // So that thou be nigh? // Once I loved thee rich, // Now I love thee poor; // Ah! what is there I could not // For thy sake endure? // Kiss me for my love! // Pay me for my pain! // Come! and murmur in my ear // How thou lov'st again!

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A Petition to Time

By: Barry Cornwall

Poetry

Excerpt: TOUCH us gently, Time! // Let us glide adown thy stream // Gently - as we sometimes glide // Through a quiet dream! // Humble voyagers are we, // Husband, wife, and children three - // (One is lost - an angel, fled // To the azure overhead!) // Touch us gently, Time! // We've not proud nor soaring wings; // Our ambition, our content, // Lies in simple things. // Humble voyagers are we, // O'er life's dim unsounded sea, // Seeking only some calm clime; // Touch us gently, gentle Time!

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