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The Sorrowfullest Thing

From the Newark Evening Star, February 19, 1915. By H. M.

“This is the sorrowfullest thing to know,”
The Persian said, “the coming of the woe,
    And have no power to stay
    The inevitable day.”

But he who had the power to bless, and chose
Iron and blood, and now foresees the close—
    I reckon such a king
    Earth’s sorrowfullest thing.

He living plumbs the dark abyss of hell,
Who shudders for the land he loves so well,
    And knows, beyond recall,
    Himself the cause of all.

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