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COME, give me back my life again, you heavy

handed Death! Uncrook your fingers from my throat, and let

me draw my breath. You do me wrong to take me now - too soon

for me to die Ah, loose me from this clutching pain, and hear

the reason why.

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I know I've had my forty years, and wasted

every one ; And yet, I tell you honestly, my life is not begun; I've walked the world like one asleep, a dreamer

in a trance; But now you've gripped me wide awake - I

want another chance.

My dreams were always beautiful, my thoughts

were high and fine ; No life was ever lived on earth to match those

dreams of mine. And would you wreck them unfulfilled? What

folly, nay, what crime ! You rob the world, you waste a soul — give me

a little time.

You 'll hear me? Yes, I'm sure you will, my

hope is not in vain : I feel the even pulse of peace, the sweet relief

from pain; The black fog rolls away from me; I'm free

once more to plan : Another chance is all I need to prove myself a


The world is full of warfare 'twixt the evil and

the good; I watched the battle from afar as one that

understood The shouting and confusion, the bloody, blun

dering fightHow few there are that see it clear, how few

that wage it right!

The captains flushed with foolish pride, the sol

diers pale with fear, The faltering flags, the feeble fire from ranks

that swerve and veer, The wild mistakes, the dismal doubts, the cow

ard hearts that fileeThe good cause needs a nobler knight to win the


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