In Memoriam A.H.H.
Sorrow, cruel fellowship,
O Priestess in the vaults of Death,
O sweet and bitter in a breath,
whispers from thy lying lip?
stars,’ she whispers, ‘blindly run;
A web is wov’n across the sky;
From out waste places comes a cry,
murmurs from the dying sun:
all the phantom, Nature, stands–
With all the music in her tone,
A hollow echo of my own,–
hollow form with empty hands.’
shall I take a thing so blind,
Embrace her as my natural good;
Or crush her, like a vice of blood,
the threshold of the mind?
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