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First Line: While with ambition's hectic
Last Line: To ashes as he sings.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Death; Singing & Singers; Dead, The

WHILE with Ambition's hectic flame
He wastes the midnight oil,
And dreams, high-throned on heights of fame,
To rest him from his toil, --

Death's Angel, like a vast eclipse,
Above him spreads her wings,
And fans the embers of his lips
To ashes as he sings.

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