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"Oh could I raise the darken'd veil"

Oh could I raise the darken'd veil,
Which hides my future life from me,
Could unborn ages slowly sail,
Before my view—and could I see
My every action painted there,
To cast one look I would not dare.
There poverty and grief might stand,
And dark Despair's corroding hand,
Would make me seek the lonely tomb
To slumber in its endless gloom.
Then let me never cast a look,
Within Fate's fix'd mysterious book.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


Nathaniel Hawthorne

Date Published: 1820-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/oh-could-i-raise-darkend-veil