Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THERE IS A NEED, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a need for every ache or
Last Line: Before us -- there's a need.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Happiness; Pain; Tears; Joy; Delight; Suffering; Misery
THERE is a need for every ache or pain
That falls unto our lot. No heart may bleed
That resignation may not heal again
And teach us -- there's a need.
There is a need for every tear that drips
Adown the face of sorrow. None may heed,
But weeping washes whiter on the lips
Our prayers -- and there's a need.
There is a need for weariness and dearth
Of all that brings delight. At topmost speed
Of pleasure sobs may break amid our mirth
Unheard -- and there's a need.
There is a need for all the growing load
Of agony we bear as years succeed;
For lo, the Master's footprints in the road
Before us -- There's a need.
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