Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MY LIFE, by JOHANNA AMBROSIUS

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First Line: All my life long I've wandered on so sadly
Last Line: Whispering low: joy dwells beyond the skies!
Subject(s): Despair

ALL my life long I've wandered on so sadly,
For love and joy in childhood 'gan my quest,
Like butterflies I saw them flit before me,
Which now and then upon a flower rest;
They lured me on till evening shades came gliding,
But when the mists rose to the mountain's brow,
Downward they sank, within the blossoms' hiding,
While my hand only grasped the thorny bough.

Lying too weary e'en to stir a finger,
Prone on the turf, with the chill hoar-frost wet,
Again the lovely creatures hover, linger,
But none upon the flowers have settled yet.
Higher they soar and higher, upward still, then
Vanish forever from my tearful eyes;
Slowly the leaves fall from the churchyard linden,
Whispering low: Joy dwells beyond the skies!

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