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    AT EVENTIDE.   Table of Contents     LOVE AND THE BUTTERFLY.

Dunbar-Nelson, Alice
Violets and Other Tales

- THE IDLER.

THE IDLER.



An idle lingerer on the wayside's road,
He gathers up his work and yawns away;
A little longer, ere the tiresome load
Shall be reduced to ashes or to clay.

No matter if the world has marched
along,
And scorned his slowness as it quickly
passed;
No matter, if amid the busy throng,
He greets some face, infantile at the last.
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His mission? Well, there is but one,
And if it is a mission he knows it, nay,
To be a happy idler, to lounge and sun,
And dreaming, pass his long-drawn days
away.

So dreams he on, his happy life to pass
Content, without ambitions painful sighs,
Until the sands run down into the glass;
He smiles--content -- unmoved and
and dies
And yet, with all the pity that you feel
For this poor mothling of that flame, the
world;
Are you the better for your desperate
deal.
When you, like him, into infinitude are
hurled?
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    AT EVENTIDE.   Table of Contents     LOVE AND THE BUTTERFLY.