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YOUTH. A SONNET SEQUENCE: FUTILITY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the pain that each one strives to bear
Last Line: Before the day comes in on my defeat.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.


THIS is the pain that each one strives to bear—
The ancient goading of futility.
Yet for a while I hold to hope, and wear
The marks of pain upon me pridefully;
For these make very honourable scars
Gained in a war with stronger things than death;
So I shall pass erect beneath the stars,
Strong though unseen, and breathe my heavy breath.
And I shall be like every other man,
Hiding my darkest secret through the night,
Alone since this new loneliness began,
Smiling a little at my losing fight,
And wondering what work I may complete
Before the day comes in on my defeat.





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