Madison Julius Cawein

Two Lives


    "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."


    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."


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

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