General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1914 Original Publisher: The Tufts college press Subjects: Poetry (American) American poetry Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / General Literary Criticism / Poetry Poetry / General Poetry / Anthologies Poetry / American / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: POEMS OF LIVING //. SONNETS TO PRIZE LIFE'S HARDNESS To prize life's hardness find delight in ways That scale the hill-crest and the loftier air; To rouse some bird-song in the desolate days When winter holds the forest frozen and bare; To wear the cypress as though laurel-wreathed; To lure a smile from brows that darkly frown; To say to traits of evil, age-bequeathed, "Ye may be blotted out " -- and fight them down. To take what Heaven or Circumstance has sent And bend it to the making of a man -- This is the aim whereto my days are blent, My fond endeavor, waking vision, plan. O life O earth I prize you for your smart, And for your rudeness I am glad at heart. HOW SING'ST THOU, THEN? The daily round of life -- man's broken faith, The shock of accident, pain's bitter smart, Love's hunger, disappointment's mocking wraith, Bereavement's anguish, sudden passion's dart -- O hopeful soul of mine the daily round Of life for thee is no less hard and black Than other mortals in their passage sound: How sing'st thou, then, -- so often on the rack And soul makes answer: Would it help my state To hail Despair ? to curse ? or knock the breast ? Nay but a song will direst ill abate, And bring the burdened heart unbounded rest. Each threatening ill I boldly turn to greet, And drown its discord in my music sweet. JOY IN ONE'S...
Poems of Human Progress, and Other Pieces; Including One Hundred and Fifteen Sonnets
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