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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Equations
By Harriet Prescott Spofford (1835–1921)
 
From ‘Titian’s Garden and Other Poems’

YOU so sure the world is full of laughter,
  Not a place in it for any sorrow,
Sunshine with no shadow to come after—
  Wait, O mad one, wait until to-morrow!
 
You so sure the world is full of weeping,        5
  Only gloom in all the colors seven,
Every wind across a new grave creeping—
  Think, O sad one, yesterday was heaven!
*        *        *        *        *
YOUNG and strong I went along the highway,
  Seeking Joy from happy sky to sky;        10
I met Sorrow coming down a byway—
  What had she to do with such as I?
 
Sorrow with a slow detaining gesture
  Waited for me on the widening way,
Threw aside her shrouding veil and vesture—        15
  Joy had turned to Sorrow’s self that day!
*        *        *        *        *
IF some great giver give me life,
  And give me love, and give me double,
Shall I not also at his hand
      Take trouble?        20
 
And if through awful gloom I see
  The lightnings of his great will thrusting,
Shall I not, dying at his hand,
      Die trusting?
 
 
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