Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AMENDS, by MAXWELL STRUTHERS BURT

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First Line: If I were blind, / nor never knew the sweet green glory of the spring
Last Line: Than this — your love and sleep?
Alternate Author Name(s): Burt, Struthers
Subject(s): Blindness; Deafness; Death; God; Visually Handicapped; Dead, The

If I were blind,
Nor never knew the sweet green glory of the Spring,
Still could I hear at dawn the lark,
Thrush song at dusk, and stir of wing:
Ah, who could be disconsolate
When left so many a lovely thing!

If I were dumb,
And on mine ear fell lovéd melodies in vain,
Could I not see the splendid sun
And taste the cool of summer rain:
And in my heart be memories
That silence stirs to song again!

If I were dead,
Then what were left? Would you not coming o'er me weep;
And kneeling by my narrow bed,
All night a wide-eyed silence keep: —
What then could man ask more of God
Than this — your love and sleep?

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