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BEFORE THE OPEN GRATE, by            
First Line: Before my drowsy eyes
Last Line: Of life long since so gay.


Before my drowsy eyes
The blue flame evermore
Performs a dance of death
Upon her crumbling floor.

A tale she tells of aeons
And ages long ago
When palm and fern and lily
All made so brave a show.

Then life was in her glory
Through beings multiform,
And every thing conspired
In making might the norm,

Till all began to bow
To nature's changing law,
Both strong and weak at last
Devoured by its maw.

The forest maze and color
Reduced by cruel fate,
Bereft of all their glory
Now sputter in the grate.

The last glow of the embers
In silence dies away --
The scattered, ending story
Of life long since so gay.





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