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Catalog Number 2010.01.0008
Object Name Poem
Date ca. 1898
Title Untitled
Scope & Content An untitled poem written by Robert Burns Wilson. Poem is one page long. The first four lines of this poem are written as an inscription in the "The Shadow of Trees and Other Poems" (catalog number: 811 WIL 1898) by Wilson and owned by Mary Mason Scott.

[Transcription]

In time O lonely one, in time
Alike the hearts gay and distress,
And many a sad thought bound in rhyme,
May breathe a measured balm no less;
The hand may hold - the touch caress
The jeweled cup of graven gold,
The eyes- down - looking - may behold
Well pleased, the crimson glowing wine,
Yet may the lips alone divine
If it be sweet or bitterness.
If it be never lifted up
Alike is all when all is past! -
The sweet - the bitter! - all is vain! -
The glowing wine - the golden cup
Grand with its jewel starred design, -
If it be never lifted up
All is at one when all is past,
The soul may deem its life accurst,
The heart may perish in its thirst -
Alike is all - when all is done
Alike, the happiness and pain.

People Robert Burns Wilson
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