There was a man who lived a life of fire

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There was a man who lived a life of fire
by Stephen Crane
This poem was published in 1905 in the volume The Black Rider & Other Lines.

There was a man who lived a life of fire.
Even upon the fabric of time,
Where purple becomes orange
And orange purple,
This life glowed,
A dire red stain, indelible;
Yet when he was dead,
He saw that he had not lived.