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(5 November 1850 - 30 October 1919 / Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin)

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A Golden Day

The subtle beauty of this day
Hangs o'er me like a fairy spell,
And care and grief have flown away,
And every breeze sings, "all is well."
I ask, "Holds earth or sin, or woe?"
My heart replies, "I do not know."

Nay! all we know, or feel, my heart,
Today is joy undimmed, complete;
In tears or pain we have no part;
The act of breathing is so sweet,
We care no higher joy to name.
What reck we now of wealth or fame?

The past--what matters it to me?
The pain it gave has passed away.
The future--that I cannot see!
I care for nothing save today--
This is a respite from all care,
And trouble flies--I know not where.

Go on, oh noisy, restless life!
Pass by, oh, feet that seek for heights!
I have no part in aught of strife;
I do not want your vain delights.
The day wraps round me like a spell
And every breeze sings, "All is well."

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • Lan Mobinzo (11/27/2011 7:49:00 AM)

    The Expression of a peaceful Soul...

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  • Kahleigh Schweinsteiger (8/9/2007 7:40:00 AM)

    Wonderfully constructed. Brings tears to my eyes.

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