Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TRANSITION, by EDITH MATILDA THOMAS

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First Line: Thanks, o wise slave, whose message was so free
Last Line: A change into some beauty be my meed!

THANKS, O wise Slave, whose message was so free!
And I would know that, when I cease to be,
I shall give place to something better worth --
Serene and glad -- that shall delight this earth!

The place I fill so restlessly, ah, strange!
It shall be filled by great Creative Change;
When I shall sleep, unknowing and unskilled,
With bright and tranquil force it shall be filled.

I would I knew what marvel may arise
To take a morning-world with sweet surprise;
Moves in my place some soul unbodied yet,
Or soul returning, that cannot forget?

Or, but some soulless thing (as Man so counts) --
The rose of joy -- a vine that wayward mounts --
Or some great tree that, waxing full of years,
Shall stand precentor of his forest-peers!

Who serves a living use shall never die!
I shall not be turned out of Life -- not I!
But, since of beauty has the world such need,
A change into some beauty be my meed!

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