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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
25. Life
 
By John Hall Wheelock
 
 
LIFE burns us up like fire,
  And Song goes up in flame:
The radiant body smoulders
  To the ashes whence it came.
 
Out of things it rises        5
  With a mouth that laughs and sings,
Backward it fades and falters
  Into the char of things.
 
Yet soars a voice above it—
  Love is holy and strong;        10
The best of us forever
  Escapes in Love and Song.
 

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