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History of a Life
AY 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,
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,
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.
Barry Cornwall (Bryan Waller Procter)
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