Lake Lyrics and Other Poems

by William Wilfred Campbell


 

ISOLATION


 

To be alone, O God, to be alone,
    And never know the touch of kindly hand;
    Like some lone tree far out on barren sand
Where only nights and desert winds make moan,
Whence love and light and sympathy are flown;
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    To be like riven pine on blasted land,
    To take no part in all earth’s struggling band,
To be alone, O God, to be alone.

To never know the common lot or part,
To hold no place in any human heart,

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    To pluck no flowers where love’s wide bloom is sown -
If there be hell, ’tis isolation drear,
To never know a kiss, a sob, a tear;
    To be alone, O God, to be alone.