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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
VI. Consolation
Going and Coming
Edward A. Jenks (1830–1908)
 
GOING—the great round Sun,
  Dragging the captive Day
Over behind the frowning hill,
  Over beyond the bay,—
          Dying:        5
Coming—the dusky Night,
  Silently stealing in,
Wrapping himself in the soft warm couch
  Where the golden-haired Day hath been
          Lying.        10
 
Going—the bright, blithe Spring;
  Blossoms! how fast ye fall,
Shooting out of your starry sky
  Into the darkness all
          Blindly!        15
Coming—the mellow days:
  Crimson and yellow leaves;
Languishing purple and amber fruits
  Kissing the bearded sheaves
          Kindly!        20
 
Going—our early friends;
  Voices we loved are dumb;
Footsteps grow dim in the morning dew;
  Fainter the echoes come
          Ringing:        25
Coming to join our march,—
  Shoulder to shoulder pressed,—
Gray-haired veterans strike their tents
  For the far-off purple West—
          Singing!        30
 
Going—this old, old life;
  Beautiful world, farewell!
Forest and meadow! river and hill!
  Ring ye a loving knell
          O’er us!        35
Coming—a nobler life;
  Coming—a better land;
Coming—a long, long, nightless day;
  Coming—the grand, grand
          Chorus!        40
 
 
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