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First Line: Farewell, life! My senses swim
Last Line: I smell the rose above the mold!
Variant Title(s): Farewell, Life; Written During Sickness, April, 1845
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The

Farewell, life! my senses swim,
And the world is growing dim;
Thronging shadows cloud the light,
Like the advent of the night, --
Colder, colder, colder still,
Upward steals a vapor chill;
Strong the earthly odor grows, --
I smell the mold above the rose!
Welcome, life! the spirit strives!
Strength returns and hope revives;
Cloudy fears and shapes forlorn
Fly like shadows at the morn, --
O'er the earth there comes a bloom;
Sunny light for sullen gloom,
Warm perfume for vapor cold, --
I smell the rose above the mold!

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