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First Line: I've lived my life some seventy weary years
Last Line: "and I've ten cities waiting for thee here."
Subject(s): Old Age

I'VE lived my life some seventy weary years,
And, gathered up on my extreme verge of Time,
Lie looking with blind eyes on the dark sea.
When I looked first at life as now at death
My eyes were like two suns shining in strength
That pierced with sudden glory all they saw.
And "I will live a glorious life," I said,
"I will climb heights, I will shine out afar.
My 'meant to be' complete in my 'I am.'"
I am -- what am I? weary, sad, and old,
I've failed, am weary, failed, and sad, and old;
My light is quenched, 'tis dark, all dark within,
I look at death and death glooms back on me.
Father, what is't? a voice -- does it come from Thee,
Dost Thou remember? Canst Thou pity me?
"Each shall be all I meant in My great day,
Thou hast not failed, " God, do I hear Thee say,
"But seven times purified, art sevenfold dear,
And I've ten cities waiting for thee here."

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