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    DRIFTS THAT BAR MY DOOR.   Table of Contents     MISERIMUS.

Menken, Adah Isaacs
Infelicia

- INFELICIA.
- ASPIRATION


ASPIRATION


POOR, impious Soul! that fixes its high hopes
In the dim distance, on a throne of clouds,
And from the morning's mist would make the ropes
To draw it up amid acclaim of crowds--
Beware! That soaring path is lined with shrouds;
And he who braves it, though of sturdy breath,
May meet, half way, the avalanche and death!

O poor young Soul!--whose year-devouring glance
Fixes in ecstasy upon a star,
Whose feverish brilliance looks a part of earth,
Yet quivers where the feet of angels are,
And seems the future crown in realms afar--
Beware! A spark thou art, and dost but see
Thine own reflection in Eternity!
raster
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    DRIFTS THAT BAR MY DOOR.   Table of Contents     MISERIMUS.