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First Line: Stretch out,for life is weary at your side
Last Line: Sings in the radiance of her smile. ...
Subject(s): Life; Weariness; Fatigue


Stretch out, for life is weary at your side—
Let it sleep from dawn to dark,
Weary and fair,
Let it slumber late—
But you, arise! The dream calls and passes
In the vasty gloom;
If you hesitate
I know not what guide will illume your ways—
The dream calls and passes,
Toward divinity.

Leave, take
But a stake for the road that fronts,
Of all the love that doubles at every pace
Hold the desire, and race;
Speed on:
The dream calls and passes,
Passes, and calls but once.
Go in the shadow; run!
Is it a chasm you shun? Do you fear?
Hurry! ... it is too late:
Fair life with its dream of love
Holds its sweet arms above you. Too late:
The dream calls and passes,
Calls in vain,
Passes in disdain.

Then
Clasp life again,
With weary kisses engender an art of it;
If you would not surge toward God, toward the infinite,
With the silent dream that importuned,
Turn back, clasp beauteous life,
Immortalize therein your single hour:
Of your sorrow at death and life's procreant joy
Let spring, harmonious, the Word
That will survive you, that will laugh and weep
When spring aflower
On the woodland steep
With the youthful guile of love that must be heard
Sings in the radiance of her smile. ...





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