The Screens of Life

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We are but phantoms on the screen of life,
     The reel itself is very far away;
And farther, in the cosmic Hollywood,
     The actors play.

The phantoms on the screen are moving fast,
     So fast that they can neither think nor see;
But they are wondering whether like the past
     Or worse or better will the future be.

I know, at least, whatever be the gains
     Or losses as we speed away,
That still for thee and me remains
     A thought of yesterday.

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