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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
“I vex me not with brooding on the years”
By Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
I VEX me not with brooding on the years
  That were ere I drew breath: why should I then
  Distrust the darkness that may fall again
  When life is done? Perchance in other spheres—
Dead planets—I once tasted mortal tears,        5
  And walked as now among a throng of men,
  Pondering things that lay beyond my ken,
  Questioning death, and solacing my fears.
Ofttimes indeed strange sense have I of this,
  Vague memories that hold me with a spell,        10
  Touches of unseen lips upon my brow,
Breathing some incommunicable bliss!
  In years foregone, O Soul, was all not well?
  Still lovelier life awaits thee. Fear not thou!

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