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First Line: There is no grief on earth, however fell
Last Line: Beyond my dreaming!
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


THERE is no grief on earth, however fell,
Within whose heart no spark of joy doth dwell.
Yet mine hath not even that ray of pleasure!
Who can it measure?

To still keep silence when, in fiercest anguish,
The heart must unto death with longing languish;
Against the bruised breast the hard rocks clasping,
And sharp thorns grasping!

In bonds to lie, incapable of movement,
No spot to lay the head for sleep's balm potent,
No drop of cordial to parched lips to proffer,
Yet battle offer!

So strive we onward to the grave's dark portal,
Until we speak our last words with lips mortal;
Until the soul doth from the body sever,
Peace cometh never!

But in the boundless space beyond earth glowing
Lies the true happiness I'm sure of knowing!
A thousand suns with rays of joy are beaming
Beyond my dreaming!





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