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DEFIANCE TO FALSE GODS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: You do not like my altar-smoke
Last Line: And straightway must return to it!
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Praise; Prayer


YOU do not like my altar-smoke,
Nor find me bent enough in prayer;
Is it for this that you invoke
Sorrow to bend me with despair?

No gaudy tribute do I pay,
No hurt my voice to sing your praise;
Is it for this that you display
Pain that can quench my burning days?

Or is it that I dared to ask
Why I was made, and to what end
You gave short days for my long task,
Who had eternity to lend?

So will I question, nor be done
Till I fall weary, and submit—
I, who was once oblivion,
And straightway must return to it!





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