Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SOUL AND BODY, by SAMUEL WADDINGTON

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First Line: Where wert thou, soul, ere yet my body born
Last Line: In doubt we'll go together, -- thou and I.

WHERE wert thou, Soul, ere yet my body born
Became thy dwelling-place? Didst thou on earth,
Or in the clouds, await this body's birth?
Or by what chance upon that winter's morn
Didst thou this body find, a babe forlorn?
Didst thou in sorrow enter, or in mirth?
Or for a jest, perchance, to try its worth
Thou tookest flesh, ne'er from it to be torn?
Nay, Soul, I will not mock thee; well I know
Thou wert not on the earth, nor in the sky;
For with my body's growth thou too didst grow;
But with that body's death wilt thou too die?
I know not, and thou canst not tell me, so
In doubt we'll go together, -- thou and I.

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