Lyrics of Life (1909)/A Hero

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Lyrics of Life by Florence Earle Coates
A Hero

A HERO

He sang of joy; whate'er he knew of sadness
 He kept for his own heart's peculiar share:
So well he sang, the world imagined gladness
 To be sole tenant there.


For dreams were his, and in the dawn's fair shining,
 His spirit soared beyond the mounting lark;
But from his lips no accent of repining
 Fell when the days grew dark;


And though contending long dread Fate to master,
 He failed at last her enmity to cheat,
He turned with such a smile to face disaster
 That he sublimed defeat.