Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, GLADNESS, by ANNA HEMPSTEAD BRANCH

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GLADNESS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The world has brought not anything
Last Line: My heart is clothed in mirth.
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight

THE world has brought not anything
To make me glad to-day!
The swallow had a broken wing,
And after all my journeying
There was no water in the spring, --
My friend has said me nay.
But yet somehow I needs must sing
As on a luckier day.
Dusk falls as gray as any tear,
There is no hope in sight!
But something in me seems so fair,
That like a star I needs must wear
A safety made of shining air
Between me and the night.
Such inner weavings do I wear
All fashioned of delight!
I need not for these robes of mine
The loveliness of earth,
But happenings remote and fine
Like threads of dreams will blow and shine
In gossamer and crystalline,
And I was glad from birth.
So even while my eyes repine,
My heart is clothed in mirth.

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