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To One Shortly to Die

Part of the cluster MESSENGER LEAVES.

To One shortly To Die.

1FROM all the rest I single out you, having a message  
 for you:
You are to die—Let others tell you what they  
 please, I cannot prevaricate,
I am exact and merciless, but I love you—There is  
 no escape for you.
2Softly I lay my right hand upon you—you just  
 feel it,
I do not argue—I bend my head close, and half-  
 envelop it,
I sit quietly by—I remain faithful, I am more than nurse, more than parent or neighbor, I absolve you from all except yourself, spiritual,  
 bodily—that is eternal,
(The corpse you will leave will be but excremen- 
3The sun bursts through in unlooked-for directions! Strong thoughts fill you, and confidence—you smile! You forget you are sick, as I forget you are sick, You do not see the medicines—you do not mind the  
 weeping friends—I am with you,
I exclude others from you—there is nothing to be  
I do not commiserate—I congratulate you.

Part of the cluster MESSENGER LEAVES.

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