The Soul Of A Century/What's a tear?

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What’s a tear? It is a splendid garnet
Shining through the night with mystic light,
With its glare destroying night’s deep shadows
Whose oppresive fears it puts to flight.

What’s a tear? It is a cooling dew drop
A hemlock’s burning leaf so oft collects,
Yet this dew drop, like an ocean billow,
The splendor of the skies above reflects.

What’s a tear? It is a milky path-way,
A silvery light steeped in the skies’ blue flame,
In its facets linger lights uncounted,
Countless, timeless lights without a name.

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