Lyrics of Life (1909)/The Empty House

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Lyrics of Life by Florence Earle Coates
The Empty House

THE EMPTY HOUSE

I seemed to see thy spirit leave the clay
 That was its mortal tenement of late;
 I seemed to see it falter at the gate
Of the New Life, as seeking to obey
Some inner law, yet doubtful of the way
 Provided for its passage, by that fate
 Which makes birth pain, and gives to death such state
And dignity, when soul withdraws its sway.


A tremor of the pale and noble brow,
 A tightening of the lips, and thou wast gone—
Gone whither? Ah, the hush of death's abyss!
All tenantless thy beauteous form lay now
 As the cicada's fragile shell outgrown,
Or as the long-forsaken, lonely chrysalis.