Stops of Various Quills/Life

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Life by William Dean Howells
illustrations by Howard Pyle

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LIFE


ONCE a thronged thoroughfare that wound afar 
By shining streams, and waving fields and woods,
And festal cities and sweet solitudes,
All whither, onward to the utmost star:

Now a blind alley, lurking by the shore
Of stagnant ditches, walled with reeking crags,
Where one old heavy-hearted vagrant lags,
Footsore, at nightfall limping to Death's door.


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