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

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First Line: What I would wish for is nor praise nor fame
Last Line: Let them think: good was she we've been burying.
Subject(s): Funerals; Wishes; Burials

WHAT I would wish for is nor praise nor fame,
E'en to the height of kingly thrones attaining;
Nor shall Love's silent sanctuary's flame
Bind me, with links of roses softly chaining.

For Love, alas! oft builds its house on sand,
Its whispers sweet become a cry of anguish,
It leaves a thorny robe within the hand --
And praise and fame are but men's whims that vanish.

What I would wish for is a fair Spring day,
On which my coffin should with earth be covered;
In azure air a lark's clear, joyous lay,
While o'er my pall a butterfly light hovered.

No weeping or lamenting, no, oh, no!
Ne'er would I wish to have such useless off'ring;
But as toward their homes the neighbors go,
Let them think: Good was she we've been burying.

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