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    ANARCHY ALLEY.   Table of Contents     SALAMMBO.

Dunbar-Nelson, Alice
Violets and Other Tales

- IMPRESSIONS.

IMPRESSIONS.


Thought.


A swift, successive chain of things,
That flash, kaleidoscope-like, now in,
now out,
Now straight, now eddying in wild rings,
No order, neither law, compels their
moves,
But endless, constant, always swiftly
roves.

Hope.


Wild seas of tossing, writhing waves,
A wreck half-sinking in the tortuous
gloom;
One man clings desperately, while Boreas
raves,
And helps to blot the rays of moon
and star,
Then comes a sudden flash of light,
which gleams on shores afar.

Love.


A bed of roses, pleasing to the eye,
raster
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Flowers of heaven, passionate and
pure,
Upon this bed the youthful often lie,
And pressing hard upon its sweet
delight,
The cruel thorns piece soul and heart,
and cause a woeful blight.

Death .


A traveller who has always heard
That on this journey he some day must
go,
Yet shudders now, when at the fatal
word
He starts upon the lonesome, dreary
way,
The past, a page of joy and woe,--
the future, none can say.

Faith


Blind clinging to a stern, stone cross,
Or it may be of frailer make;
Eyes shut, ears closed to earth's drear
dross,
Immovable, serene, the world away
From thoughts--the mind uncaring
for another day.
raster
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    ANARCHY ALLEY.   Table of Contents     SALAMMBO.