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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.


By Thomas Hood (1799–1845)

FAREWELL, Life! my senses swim,

And the world is growing dim;

Thronging shadows cloud the light,

Like the advent of the night.

Colder, colder, colder still,

Upward steals a vapor chill;

Strong the earthy odor grows—

I smell the mold above the rose!

Welcome, Life! the spirit strives!

Strength returns and hope revives;

Cloudy fears and shapes forlorn

Fly like shadows at the morn.

O’er the earth there comes a bloom;

Sunny light for sullen gloom,

Warm perfume for vapor cold—

I smell the rose above the mold!