Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Aug 31, 1844 - Jan 28, 1911


On The Bridge Of Sighs

by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

It chanceth once to every soul,
Within a narrow hour of doubt and dole,

Upon Life's Bridge of Sighs to stand,
A palace and a prison on each hand.

O palace of the rose-heart's hue!
How like a flower the warm light falls from you!

O prison with the hollow eyes!
Beneath your stony stare no flowers arise.

O palace of the rose-sweet sin!
How safe the heart that does not enter in!

O blessed prison-walls! how true
The freedom of the soul that chooseth you!


Poetic Studies
Copyright 1875
James R. Osgood And Company, Boston