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Poem by George William Russell


WE must pass like smoke or live within the spirits fire;
For we can no more than smoke unto the flame return
If our thought has changed to dream, our will unto desire,
As smoke we vanish though the fire may burn.

Lights of infinite pity star the grey dusk of our days:
Surely here is soul: with it we have eternal breath:
In the fire of love we live, or pass by many ways,
By unnumbered ways of dream to death.

George William Russell

George William Russell's other poems:
  1. A Woman's Voice
  2. Divine Visitation
  3. The Great Breath
  4. Childhood
  5. Kinship

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Joseph Addison Immortality ("O Liberty! thou goddess, heavenly bright")
  • Matthew Arnold Immortality ("Foil'd by our fellow-men, depress'd, outworn")
  • Ellis Butler Immortality ("I bowed my head in anguish sore")
  • Katharine Tynan Immortality ("So I have sunk my roots in earth")

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