Wednesday, 26 September 2012

John Vance Cheney: Tears & The Happiest Heart


Tears (1892)

  • Not in the time of pleasure
    Hope doth set her bow;
    But in the sky of sorrow,
    Over the vale of woe.

    Through gloom and shadow look we
    On beyond the years!
    The soul would have no rainbow
    Had the eyes no tears.

    • The Century Vol. 44, Issue 4 (August 1892)

The Happiest Heart

  • Who drives the horses of the sun
    Shall lord it but a day;
    Better the lowly deed were done,
    And kept the humble way.
  • The rust will find the sword of fame,
    The dust will hide the crown;
    Ay, none shall nail so high his name
    Time will not tear it down.
  • The happiest heart that ever beat
    Was in some quiet breast
    That found the common daylight sweet,
    And left to Heaven the rest.

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