Poetry of Kansas

After While.

THERE was a day when anguish gashed my heart,
    And fevered grief throbbed through my fren-
            zied brain,
    And beat upon my soul a rhythmed strain,
That echoed in the songs that used to start
Whene'er I touched the lute-strings of my art.
    O, sad sweet songs that sorrow keyed to pain,
    And timed to dripping heart-blood and the
    Of unshed tears, that you and I should part!
That day is gone; I cannot strike the chords
    That sobbed of woe they vainly would con-
        Nor does my numbed heart quiver neath its
To-day dry eyes scan only empty words,
    A soul balmed in content can scarcely feel;
        Since comfort stemmed my wounds and still-
            ed the songs.

__William Allen White.

Rhymes by Two Friends
Albert Bigelow Paine & William Allen White
(Fort Scott: M. L. Izor and Son. 1893)
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