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THE EMPTY CUP, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fly away, bark
Last Line: Mine emptiness.
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, T. E.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness

FLY away, bark,
Over the sea!
Take thou my grief,
Take it with thee!
Bear it afar
Unto the shore
Where the old griefs are
For evermore!
O, it was hard!
Take it away --
Pressed on my heart
By night and by day.
I will not have it;
Let it go, let it go!
Shall I have nothing
But wailing and woe?

Let it be, let it be!
O, bring it again!
Bring my sorrow to me,
Bring weeping and pain!
Bring my sorrow to me --
After all, it is mine:
O God of my heart,
I will not repine.
For I feel such a lack,
And I am such a stone --
Bring it back, bring it back!
It is better to groan
With my old, old load
Than to search within,
And find nothing there
But folly and sin.
O, I cannot bear
This empty cup:
If it must be with gall,
Fill it up! fill it up!
Fill my soul, fill my soul!
And I will bless
The hand that filleth
Mine emptiness.

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