Lyrics of Life (1909)/Earth's Mystery

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I looked on Sorrow, tragical and dread;
 Beheld the anguish in her sunken eyes,
 Which yearned no longer upward to the skies,—
As dumbly pleading to be comforted,—
But bent their blinded vision on the dead:
 The dead removed—how far!—from human sighs,
 Lying majestic, as a conqueror lies,
Indifferent to tears, so costly shed.

But as I pondered, seeking, soul-oppressed,
 To read the riddle of a world like this—
  Where Nature still seems waiting to destroy,
 I saw immortal Love descend and kiss,
With timid wonder, reverent and blest,
  The quivering eyelids and the lips of Joy!