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Life
    by Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825)

    Animula, vagula, blandula.

    Life! I know not what thou art, 
       But know that thou and I must part; 
       And when, or how, or where we met, 
       I own to me’s a secret yet. 
       But this I know, when thou art fled, 
       Where’er they lay these limbs, this head, 
       No clod so valueless shall be, 
       As all that then remains of me. 
       O whither, whither dost thou fly, 
       Where bend unseen thy trackless course, 
          And in this strange divorce, 
    Ah tell where I must seek this compound I? 
    
    To the vast ocean of empyreal flame, 
          From whence thy essence came, 
          Dost thou thy flight pursue, when freed 
          From matter’s base encumbering weed? 
             Or dost thou, hid from sight, 
             Wait, like some spell-bound knight, 
    Through blank oblivious years th’ appointed hour, 
    To break thy trance and reassume thy power? 
    Yet canst thou without thought or feeling be? 
    O say what art thou, when no more thou ’rt thee? 
    
          Life! we’ve been long together, 
          Through pleasant and through cloudy weather; 
             ’Tis hard to part when friends are dear; 
             Perhaps ’t will cost a sigh, a tear; 
             Then steal away, give little warning, 
                Choose thine own time; 
          Say not Good night, but in some brighter clime 
                Bid me Good morning. 

Life
    by Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825)

    Animula, vagula, blandula.

    Life! I know not what thou art, 
       But know that thou and I must part; 
       And when, or how, or where we met, 
       I own to me’s a secret yet. 
       But this I know, when thou art fled, 
       Where’er they lay these limbs, this head, 
       No clod so valueless shall be, 
       As all that then remains of me. 
       O whither, whither dost thou fly, 
       Where bend unseen thy trackless course, 
          And in this strange divorce, 
    Ah tell where I must seek this compound I? 
    
    To the vast ocean of empyreal flame, 
          From whence thy essence came, 
          Dost thou thy flight pursue, when freed 
          From matter’s base encumbering weed? 
             Or dost thou, hid from sight, 
             Wait, like some spell-bound knight, 
    Through blank oblivious years th’ appointed hour, 
    To break thy trance and reassume thy power? 
    Yet canst thou without thought or feeling be? 
    O say what art thou, when no more thou ’rt thee? 
    
          Life! we’ve been long together, 
          Through pleasant and through cloudy weather; 
             ’Tis hard to part when friends are dear; 
             Perhaps ’t will cost a sigh, a tear; 
             Then steal away, give little warning, 
                Choose thine own time; 
          Say not Good night, but in some brighter clime 
                Bid me Good morning. 

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Former university student. Now travelling around the world...very slowly.

When I'm not travelling, I lead an extremely boring life.

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sapoguapo Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the fave!
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sethses1 Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  New Deviant
Thanks again for the favs 🌟 😀!
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JSF001 Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
Thanks for the Fave
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00Michael00A Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fav! :) (Smile) 
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Pascal-Fayard Featured By Owner 16 hours ago
thanks for the favourite
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sakaphotogrfx Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for another fave!  :)
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OLFR Featured By Owner 22 hours ago
Thank you so much for the favourite Rick  :) !
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SoulShapedFace Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... and thank you for the devWATCH!
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SoulShapedFace Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving my photo!
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shishas Featured By Owner 1 day ago
 thanks for Favo  Wink/Razz 
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