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Short poem

Julia Moore (1847-1920)

Life's Fate

              1The world is filled with trouble;
              2    This world is filled with woe;
              3We poor mortals can not shun it,
              4    Wherever we may go.
              5Oftentimes we endeavor,
              6    To leave it far behind;
              7Yet as often in our pathway,
              8    Trouble and woe we find.

              9We are on a foaming billow,
            10    Tossing to and fro;
            11And if we are not careful,
            12    It may prove our overthrow.
            13Its foamy crest around us,
            14    Is bright as mid-day sun;
            15Alluring us to temptations,
            16    Which we should try to shun.

            17Our lives are only shadows,
            18    Cast on the sea of time;
            19They will vanish through the darkness,
            20    When the light of heaven shines.
            21That glorious light will lead us,
            22    To dwell forever more --
            23Free from trouble, woe and care --
            24    On Heaven's blissful shore.

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Mortal refrains: the Complete Collected Poetry, Prose, and Songs of Julia A. Moore, the Sweet Singer of Michigan, ed. Thomas J. Riedlinger (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1998): 134-35. PS 2430 .M3 1998 Robarts Library. Cedar Springs Clipper First publication date: 1880
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/7/30

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