Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, VALUES, by GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON



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First Line: All the pretty baubles spread
Last Line: And sears the nights that sum my life.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John


All the pretty baubles spread
Are not the answer to my need,
These tinseled trappings but beguile
This journeying, while deep within
A want unspeakable resides,
That throbs and throbs unceasingly,—
So hungering,—no banquet spread
Can tempt it, and no golden wine
Make it forget: I balance it—
The world flies upward in the scale!
Always, unsoothed, unquieted,
It aches and aches across the days
And sears the nights that sum my life.





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