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Death
Engrave this Quote Why will we struggle to attain, and strive,
When all we gain is but an empty dream?--
Better, unto my thinking, doth it seem
To end it all and let who will survive;
To find at last all beauty is but dust;
That love and sorrow are the very same;
That joy is only suffering's sweeter name;
And sense is but the synonym of lust.
Far better, yea, to me it seems to die;
To set glad lips against the lips of Death--
The only thing God gives that comforteth,
The only thing we do not find a lie.

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-Madison Cawein, from The Land of Illusion
Ghosts
Engrave this Quote Pale were your looks; and the rose in your tresses
Paler of hue than the dreams we have lost;
Who, then I said, is it sees or who guesses,
Here in the hall, that I dance with a ghost?

Gone! And the dance and the music are ended.
Gone! And the rapture dies out of the skies.
And, on my arm, in her elegance splendid,
The woman of fashion smiles up in my eyes.

Had I forgotten? and did you remember?
You, who are dead, whom I cannot forget;
You, for whose sake all my heart is an ember
Covered with ashes of dreams and regret.
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-Madison Cawein, from Ghosts
Grief, Grieving
Engrave this Quote When Death hath poured oblivion through my veins,
And brought me home, as all are brought, to lie
In that vast house, common to serfs and Thanes,
I shall not die, I shall not utterly die,
For beauty born of beauty-- that remains.
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-Madison Cawein, from To a Wind-Flower

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