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YOUTH. A SONNET SEQUENCE: DEFIANCE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: My song shall flow unceasing as the tide
Last Line: I shall be strong, and keep immortal youth.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.


MY song shall flow unceasing as the tide,
And words make their defiance to the sun;
I am caparisoned in ancient pride,
Dowered for battles lost or battles won.
And through all fleeting days, at my right hand
Waits earth's mad beauty, timelessly arrayed;
And on my left pale clouds like pillars stand,
Bearing their strength to keep me unafraid.
For I have put my trust in passing things—
In loveliness that melts before a breath,
In thoughts washed shining at the mind's clear springs,—
These are eternal in the face of death;
And armed with these, their splendor and their truth,
I shall be strong, and keep immortal youth.





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