Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A MISERERE, by BELLE RICHARDSON HARRISON

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A MISERERE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O heart, what means your plaint to-day
Last Line: Some great impending woe!
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery

O HEART, what means your plaint to-day,
The skies are fair to see,
Can tints of blue and opaline
Give aught of pain to thee?

The world is kind and friends are true,
A halcyon life is thine,
Encased within a loyal breast
O heart, why thus repine?

No hunger gnaws—no carking care—
Nor trouble doth annoy,
And yet the blissful present holds
No satisfying joy.

The warm south wind is blowing, heart,
The rarest flowers bloom.
And yet no glow illumes within
Where bides a prescient gloom.

No more an alleluia sounds,
You breathe a minor strain;
O heart, what means your plaint to-day?
Your mute appeal is vain.

Your voiceless agony I feel,
O heart, be still, beat low,
I fear—I know not what I fear—
Some great impending woe!

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