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SAD SENSES; COMMEMORATING ANNIVERSARY DEATH OF JOHN KINGSTON FINERAN, by            
First Line: These were no eyes to gaze on paradise
Last Line: The things which are not but which might have been.
Subject(s): Fineran, John Kingston (1907-1937)


These were no eyes to gaze on Paradise,
Or see the mad wild Furies as they danced;
Nor were these ears to hear the charming cries
That Siren-taken Ulysses so entranced.
These lips were not to taste the nectared wine,
Or of the rich ambrosial dainty take;
Nor were these hands the hallowed hands to shrine
The velvet breasts of Nymphs within the brake.
These feet have never trod the holy lands,
Of preaching-prophet, Holy-man conceived;
Nor have these senses known the sacred sands,
But these are senses wasted, worn, bereaved:
For they have tasted, touched and heard and seen
The things which are not but which might have been.





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