Later Poems

by Bliss Carman


 

The Gift


 

I SAID to Life, “How comes it,
With all this wealth in store,
Of beauty, joy, and knowledge,
Thy cry is still for more?

“Count all the years of striving

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To make thy burden less,—
The things designed and fashioned
To gladden thy success!

“The treasures sought and gathered
Thy lightest whim to please,—

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The loot of all the ages,
The spoil of all the seas!

“Is there no end of labor,
No limit to thy need?
Must man go bowed forever

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In bondage to thy greed?”

With tears of pride and passion
She answered, “God above!
I only wait the asking,
To spend it all for love!”

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