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Poem by Madison Julius Cawein


Two Lives


    1

    "There is no God," one said,
        And love is lust;
    When I am dead I'm dead,
        And all is dust.

    "Be merry while you can
        Before you're gray;
    With some wild courtesan
        Drink care away."

    2

    One said, "A God there is,
        And God is love;
    Death is not death, but bliss,
        And life above.

    "Above all flesh is mind;
        And faith and truth
    God's gifts to poor mankind
        That make life youth."

    3

    One from a harlot's side
     Arose at morn;
    One cursing God had died
     That night forlorn.



Madison Julius Cawein


Madison Julius Cawein's other poems:
  1. Response
  2. Sunset on the River
  3. Nothing to Do
  4. Bubbles
  5. Can I Forget?


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