Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BEYOND RECALL, by MARY EMILY NEELEY BRADLEY

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BEYOND RECALL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: There was a time when death and I
Last Line: As life -- and you -- have proved to me!
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Life; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness

THERE was a time when Death and I
Came face to face together:
I was but young indeed to die,
And it was summer weather;
One happy year a wedded wife,
And I was slipping out of life.

You knelt beside me, and I heard,
As from some far-off distance,
A bitter cry that dimly stirred
My soul to make resistance.
You thought me dead; you called my name;
And back from Death itself I came.

But oh! that you had made no sign,
That I had heard no crying!
For now the yearning voice is mine,
And there is no replying:
Death never could so cruel be
As Life -- and you -- have proved to me!

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