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Poem by Lola Ridge


Dedication


  I would be a torch unto your hand,
  A lamp upon your forehead, Labor,
  In the wild darkness before the Dawn
  That I shall never see...

  We shall advance together, my Beloved,
  Awaiting the mighty ushering...
  Together we shall make the last grand charge
  And ride with gorgeous Death
  With all her spangles on
  And cymbals clashing...
  And you shall rush on exultant as I fall--
  Scattering a brief fire about your feet...

  Let it be so...
  Better--while life is quick
  And every pain immense and joy supreme,
  And all I have and am
  Flames upward to the dream...
  Than like a taper forgotten in the dawn,
  Burning out the wick.



Lola Ridge


Lola Ridge's other poems:
  1. Scandal
  2. Dispossed
  3. North Wind
  4. Broadway
  5. Manhattan


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson Dedication ("These to His Memory--since he held them dear")
  • Robert Stevenson Dedication ("MY first gift and my last, to you")
  • Eleanor Farjeon Dedication ("My body having encountered with a soul")
  • Caroline Norton Dedication ("ONCE more, my harp! once more, although I thought")
  • Robert Service Dedication ("In youth I longed to paint")
  • Henry Timrod Dedication ("Do you recallЧI know you do")
  • Stephen Benet Dedication ("To W. R. B.")

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