Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HISTORY OF A LIFE, by BRYAN WALLER PROCTER

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HISTORY OF A LIFE, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Day dawned; within a curtained room
Last Line: Life, -- death, -- and all that is of glory.
Alternate Author Name(s): Cornwall, Barry; Proctor, Bryan Waller
Variant Title(s): A Life
Subject(s): Life

DAY dawned: -- within a curtained room,
Filled to faintness with perfume,
A lady lay at point of doom.
Day closed; -- a child had seen the light;
But, for the lady fair and bright,
She rested in undreaming night.
Spring rose; the lady's grave was green;
And near it, oftentimes, was seen
A gentle boy with thoughtful mien.
Years fled; -- he wore a manly face,
And struggled in the world's rough race,
And won at last a lofty place.
And then he died! Behold before ye
Humanity's poor sum and story;
Life, -- Death, -- and all that is of glory.

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