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Life

Barry Cornwall 1787 (Leeds, Yorkshire) – 1874 (London)

WE are born; we laugh; we weep;
 We love; we droop; we die!
Ah! wherefore do we laugh or weep?
 Why do we live, or die?
Who knows that secret deep?
 Alas, not I!
 
Why doth the violet spring
 Unseen by human eye?
Why do the radiant seasons bring
 Sweet thoughts that quickly fly?
Why do our fond hearts cling
 To things that die?
 
We toil,—through pain and wrong;
 We fight,—and fly;
We love; we lose; and then, ere long,
 Stone-dead we lie.
O life! is all thy song
 “Endure and—die”?

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Barry Cornwall

Bryan Waller Procter (pseud. Barry Cornwall) was an English poet who served as a Commissioner in Lunacy. more…

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