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WHEN DEATH HAS LOST THE KEY, by            
First Line: When all my limbs are locked
Last Line: Of some dead ecstasy.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


When all my limbs are locked,
And death has lost the key;
When I am but the dream
Of some dead ecstasy:
I will not ever wage
Old quarrels with myself:
Or seek to read the books
Upon life's dusty shelf.

But I shall always hear
The tread of April's feet,
Stirring the earth to song:
And feel the flaming beat
Of earth's heart, near and near,
Finding her heart at last:
And dreams will come to me
And hours forever past.

Only the happy hours,
Melodiously again,
And April dreams will come
Leading the April rain:
When all my limbs are locked,
And death has lost the key,
And I myself the dream
Of some dead ecstasy.





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