The Gates of Utterance: And Other Poems

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Sherman, French, 1915 - American poetry - 40 pages

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Page 12 - A'PARELED in a mask of joy till now, I knew thee not. Asleep, I see thy face More simply. Sorrow's leisure lets me trace The nicer lines. Thy sealed lids, thy brow, Thy lasting posture, purposes avow. In thy spent form resides a moveless grace. A pageant was thy life, and in its place I find a truth to feed and to endow My heart. Thy wonted mask of joy belied The meaning death's bare attitude makes clear. From living gesture thought went often wide, And I was poor interpreter ; but here, THE DARK...

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