Aesthetic Papers/A Spirit's Reply

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Thou who hast sought thy Light of Life
Through Hades' horrors black,
Hast charmed them all, and won thy quest,
And wouldst thy way retrack,—

Rest thou—as he of old did not—
Upon the promise fair,
That Beauty aye shall follow him
Who all for her will dare.

As thou didst count no bygone loss,
Count step by step no gain;
But trust that in the upper air
She'll be with thee again.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.