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The Book of Jade

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Author: Judith Gautier
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,190 / 47 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.8
Downloads: 531
Added to site: 2014.09.10
mnybks.net#: 31723
Genre: Poetry
Excerpt

with these shall some time stand in place, My fortune like their bitter fortune know.

Among whom also holy Baudelaire, Though unto him the loftiest lot was given To hear the blessed muses sing in heaven,

Past his few days in anguish and despair; Yet did he not bow down his mournful head Until Peace found him in his glory dead.

So thou in this low lair, Although in sorrow and grief thou dost remain, Though of all things whereof thy soul was fain Remaineth only pain, Yet be not thou, O soul, disconsolate: Forget not thou thy far-exalted state.


SONNET

Be not cast down my heart, and be not sad, That thou like common men must sorrow know; Not only they that live and die below, But ev'n the gods thy supreme sorrow had;

Not unto Tammuz was this fortune given, Not to know grief; whom starry Ashtoreth Sought through the seven-gated realm of death, Far from the great moon and the stars of heaven.

Osiris also could not but to die; He reigneth king among the perisht d

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