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“Rhapsody” appeared in Lyrics of Life and Love (Herbert B. Turner & Company, 1904).

Rhapsody

I am glad daylong for the gift of song,
     For time and change and sorrow;
For the sunset wings and the world-end things
     Which hang on the edge of to-morrow.
I am glad for my heart whose gates apart
     Are the entrance-place of wonders,
Where dreams come in from the rush and din
     Like sheep from the rains and thunders.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 11, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 11, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

William Stanley Braithwaite

William Stanley Braithwaite

William Stanley Braithwaite, born December 6, 1878, was a poet, literary critic, editor, and anthologist.

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To feed my soul with beauty till I die;
To give my hands a pleasant task to do;
To keep my heart forever filled anew
With dreams and wonders which the days supply;
To love all conscious living, and thereby
Respect the brute who renders up its due,
And know the world as planned is good and true—
And thus —because
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I kissed a kiss in youth
   Upon a dead man’s brow;
And that was long ago,—
   And I’m a grown man now,
 
It’s lain there in the dust,
   Thirty years and more;—
My lips that set a light
   At a dead man’s door.
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LO, a house untenanted
Stands beside the road of Time;
They who lived there once, have fled
To some other house and clime.

Towers pointing to the sky
With long shadows on the ground,
Never shade a passerby,
Never echo back a sound.