Awake To Smile

When I blink sunshine in my eyes
  And hail the amber morn,
Before the rosy dew-drop dries
  With sparkle on the thorn;
When boughs with robin rapture ring,
  And bees hum in the may,--
Then call me young, with heart of Spring,
  Though I be grey.
 
But when no more I know the joy
  And urgence of that hour,
As like a happy-hearted boy
  I leap to land aflower;
When gusto I no longer feel,
  To rouse with glad hooray,--
Then call me old and let me steal
  From men away.

Let me awaken with a smile
  And go to garden glee,
For there is such a little while
  Of living left to me;
But when star-wist I frail away,
  Lord, let the hope beguile
That to Ecstatic Light I may
  Awake to smile.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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