The Feast of Life

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Title

The Feast of Life

Description

I bid thee to my mystic feast,

Each one thou lovest is gathered there;
Yet put thou on a mourning robe,
And bind the cypress in thy hair.

The hail is vast, and cold, and drear;
The board with faded flowers is spread,
Shadows of beauty flit around,
But beauty from which bloom has fled.

But music echoes from the walls,
But music with a dirge like sound:
And pale and silent are the guests,
And every eye is on the ground.

Here take this cup, though dark it seems,
And drink to human hopes and fears;
'Tis from their native element,
The cup is filled - it is of tears.

What! turn'st thou with averted brow!
Thou scornest this poor feast of mine,
And askest for a purple robe,
Light words, glad smiles, and sunny wine.

In vain, the veil has left thine eyes,
Or such these would have seemed to thee;
Before thee is the Feast of Life,
But life in its reality!

Creator

Unattributed

Source

3:42, p. 338

Date

1829.01.24

Collection

Citation

Unattributed, “The Feast of Life,” Periodical Poets, accessed February 22, 2024, https://periodicalpoets.com/items/show/191.

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