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The End

Throughout the echoing chambers of my brain
  I hear your words in mournful cadence toll
  Like some slow passing-bell which warns the soul
Of sundering darkness. Unrelenting, fain
To batter down resistance, fall again
  Stroke after stroke, insistent diastole,
  The bitter blows of truth, until the whole
Is hammered into fact made strangely plain.
  Where shall I look for comfort? Not to you.
    Our worlds are drawn apart, our spirit’s suns
Divided, and the light of mine burnt dim.
  Now in the haunted twilight I must do
    Your will. I grasp the cup which over-runs,
And with my trembling lips I touch the rim.


This poem is in the public domain. 


Amy Lowell

Born in 1874, Amy Lowell was deeply interested in and influenced by the Imagist movement and she received the Pulitzer Prize for her collection What's O'Clock.

Date Published: 2017-08-31

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