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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
169. Momentary
 
 
THE SWEETEST song was ever sung
  May soothe you but a little while:
The gayest music ever rung
  Shall yield you but a fleeting smile.
 
The well I digged you soon shall pass:        5
  You may but rest with me an hour:
Yet drink, I offer you the glass,
  A moment of sustaining power,
 
And give to you, if it be gain,
  Whether in pleasure or annoy,        10
To see one elemental pain,
  One light of everlasting joy.
 

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