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MAY DAY, by            
First Line: Oh, world, sometimes I cannot bear the load
Last Line: If I can see a may day born again.
Subject(s): May (month); Pain; Rebirth; Suffering; Misery

Oh, world, sometimes I cannot bear the load
Of pain and sorrow laid upon my heart,
My footsteps falter on the lonely road,
And tears well up from hidden springs apart.
I do not know the meaning of the thorn,
The armored bough that bears a tender flower,
Or why the song on fitful breezes borne,
Is fraught with ecstasy for scarce an hour.
I only know, oh world, when all is weighed
Against one radiant, pulsing day in spring,
When trees march up a hill in white arrayed,
And life comes surging back to everything,
I'll gladly walk the lonely road of pain,
If I can see a May day born again.

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