Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE LIBRARY, by ROBERT SOUTHEY

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First Line: My days among the dead are past
Last Line: That will not perish in the dust.
Variant Title(s): Among His Books;the Scholar In His Library;his Books;the Scholar;stanzas Written In His Library
Subject(s): Books; Heaven; Reading; Paradise

MY days among the dead are passed;
Around me I behold,
Where'er these casual eyes are cast,
The mighty minds of old;
My never failing-friends are they,
With whom I converse day by day.

With them I take delight in weal,
And seek relief in woe;
And while I understand and feel
How much to them I owe,
My cheeks have often been bedewed
With tears of thoughtful gratitude.

My thoughts are with the dead; with them
I live in long-past years;
Their virtues love, their faults condemn,
Partake their hopes and fears,
And from their lessons seek and find
Instruction with an humble mind.

My hopes are with the dead; anon
My place with them will be,
And I with them shall travel on
Through all futurity:
Yet leaving here a name, I trust,
That will not perish in the dust.

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