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First Line: My father, friend, and thine are one
Last Line: Friend, I am solitude.
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


My father, friend, and thine are one,
But guardian angel am I none
Nor evil star of men.
Of those I love I never know
Which way their footsteps chance to go
On life's grief-flooded fen.
I am nor god nor evil spright;
I am thy brother, for aright that name thy spirit gave.
Where e'er thou goest I shall be;
Till death, friend, I will follow thee
And then sit by thy grave.

Thy heart's my heaven-granted trust.
Come thou to me without mistrust
In sorrow laden mood.
Behind thee I will ever stand
But never can I touch thy hand:
Friend, I am Solitude.





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