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THE LONELY, by            
First Line: The lonely who are lapped in winding sheets of moan
Last Line: Know that ecstatic joy of sorrow lived alone.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tarn, Mary Pauline
Subject(s): Grief; Life; Solitude; Sorrow; Sadness; Loneliness


THE lonely who are lapped in winding sheets of moan
Know that ecstatic joy of sorrow lived alone.

Their pity in its calm smiles on the frenzied loves,
The clasping of the hands, the steps of rhythmic doves.

The lonely who are hid 'neath winding sheets of moan
Know that ecstatic joy of sorrow lived alone.

They look upon the dawn and life's grim stratagem,
Yet loathing burns them not, and mourners envy them.

The lonely who seek peace in winding sheets of moan
Know that ecstatic joy of sorrow lived alone.

The waters of the wells, all hidden, quench their dearth;
They hear the roses spring within the womb of earth;

See echoes of the colours, glints of sounds and wings,
The violet of the autumns, sapphire of the springs.

They taste the wind and dark of air above the combe,
And their eyes are as the stars of torches by a tomb.

The lonely who are lapped in winding sheets of moan
Know that ecstatic joy of sorrow lived alone.




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