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William Watson.
William Watson
1858-1935


Theme:  Final Toasts


The Poems of
William Watson
(1893)

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The Great Misgiving
William Watson (1858-1935), English poet

‘Not ours,’ say some, ‘the thought of death to
dread;
Asking no heaven, we fear no fabled hell:
Life is a feast, and we have banqueted –
Shall not the worms as well?

‘The after-silence, when the feast is o’er,
And void the places where the minstrels stood,
Differs in naught from what hath been before,
And is nor ill nor good.’

Ah, but the Apparition - the dumb sign –
The beckoning finger bidding me forgo
The fellowship, the converse, and the wine,
The songs, the festal glow!

And ah, to know not, while with friends I sit,
And while the purple joy is pass’d about,
Whether ’tis ampler day divinelier lit
Or homeless night without;

And whether, stepping forth, my soul shall see
New prospects, or fall sheer – a blinded thing!
There is, O grave, thy hourly victory,
And there, O death, thy sting.

from The Poems Of William Watson (1893)


   
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