Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum

William Gay 1865 (Scotland) – 1897



O steep and rugged Life, whose harsh ascent
Slopes blindly upward through the bitter night!
They say that on thy summit, high in light,
Sweet rest awaits the climber, travel-spent;
But I, alas, with dusty garments rent,
With fainting heart and failing limbs and sight,
Can see no glimmer of the shining height,
And vainly list, with body forward bent,
To catch athwart the gloom one wandering note
Of those glad anthems which (they say) are sung
When one emerges from the mists below:
But though, O Life, thy summit be remote
And all thy stony path with darkness hung,
Yet ever upward through the night I go.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABBAABBACDECDE
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 616
Words 110
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 14

William Gay

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