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First Line: I tell thee death were far more merciful
Last Line: And broken ere it reach the stream below.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Doubt; Skepticism


I TELL thee death were far more merciful
Than such a blow. It is death to the heart;
Death to its first affections, its sweet hopes;
The young religion of its guileless faith.
Henceforth the well is troubled at the spring;
The waves run clear no longer; there is doubt
To shut out happiness -- perpetual shade;
Which, if the sunshine penetrate, 'tis dim,
And broken ere it reach the stream below.





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