The Gates of Time and Other Poems

by Frederick George Scott


 

DEATH AND LIFE


 

Quoth Death to Life: “Behold what strength is mine!
    All others perish, yet I do not fail;
    Where life aboundeth most, I most prevail;
I mete out all things with my measuring line.”
Then answered Life: “O boastful Death, not thine
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    The final triumph; what thy hands undo
    My busy anvil forgeth out anew;
For one lamp darkened I bring two to shine.”