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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: II. Life
History of a Life
Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
 
DAY dawned;—within a curtained room,
Filled to faintness with perfume,
A lady lay at point of doom.
 
Day closed;—a Child had seen the light:
But, for the lady fair and bright,        5
She rested in undreaming night.
 
Spring rose;—the lady’s grave was green;
And near it, oftentimes, was seen
A gentle Boy with thoughtful mien.
 
Years fled;—he wore a manly face,        10
And struggled in the world’s rough race,
And won at last a lofty place.
 
And then he died! Behold before ye
Humanity’s poor sum and story;
Life,—Death,—and all that is of Glory.        15
 
 
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