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Fame, Wealth, Life, Death.

What is fame 1 'Tis the sun-gleam on the mountain, Spreading brightly ere it flies, 'Tis the bubble on the fountain Rising lightly ere it dies, Or, if here and there a hero Be remembered through the years, Yet to him the gain is zero : Death hath stilled his hopes and fears. Yet what dangers men will dare If but only m the air, May be heard some eager mention of their name; Though they hear it not themselves, 'tis much the same. What is wealth ? 'Tis a rainbow, still receding As the panting fool pursues ; Or a toy that youth, unheeding, Seeks the readiest way to lose : But the wise man keeps due measure, Neither out of breath nor base ; He but holds m trust his treasure For the welfare of the race. Yet what crimes some men will dare But to gain their slender share In some profit, though with loss of name or health, In some plunder, spent on vices or by stealth. What is life ? j 'Tis the ear Lilly hour of trial For n life that's but begun ; When the prize of self-denial May be quickly lost or won ; 'Tis the hour when love may burgeon To an everlasting flower ; Or when lusts their victims urge on To defy immortal power. Yet how lightly men ignore All the future holds m store, : Spending brief but golden moments nil m strife ; ; Or m suicidal madness grasp the knife. What is death ? Past its dark, mysterious portal Human eye may never roam ; Yet the hope .stills springs immortal That it loads the wanderer home. Oh, the bliss that lies before us When the secret shall be known, And the vast angelic chorus Sounds the hymn before the fchorne ! What is fame, or wealth, or life '( Past are praises, fortune, strife ; All but love, that lives forever, cast beneath, When the good and faithful servants takes the wreath.

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Fame, Wealth, Life, Death., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890

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Fame, Wealth, Life, Death. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890