Madison Julius Cawein

1865-1914

 

A Last Word

by Madison Julius Cawein

Not for thyself, but for the sake of Song,
Strive to succeed as others have, who gave
Their lives unto her; shaping sure and strong
Her lovely limbs that made them god and slave.

Not for thyself, but for the sake of Art,
Strive to advance beyond the others' best;
Winning a deeper secret from her heart
To hang it moonlike 'mid the starry rest.

Source:

The Garden Of Dreams
Copyright 1896
John P. Morton & Company, Louisville
 
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