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Poem by William Dean Howells


Change


SOMETIMES, when after spirited debate
Of letters or affairs, in thought I go
Smiling unto myself, and all aglow
With some immediate purpose, and elate
As if my little, trivial scheme were great,      
And what I would so were already so:
Suddenly I think of her that died, and know,
Whatever friendly or unfriendly fate
Befall me in my hope or in my pride,
It is all nothing but a mockery,        
And nothing can be what it used to be,
When I could bid my happy life abide,
And build on earth for perpetuity,
Then, in the deathless days before she died.



William Dean Howells


William Dean Howells's other poems:
  1. The Song the Oriole Sings
  2. In Earliest Spring
  3. Vision
  4. The Two Wives
  5. By the Sea


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Algernon Swinburne Change ("But now life's face beholden")
  • George Wither Change ("The voice which I did more esteem")
  • Jones Very Change ("Father! there is no change to live with Thee")
  • Ella Wilcox Change ("Changed? Yes, I will confess it Ц I have changed")

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