Poem of the day

Song by Mr. Cypress
by Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)

There is a fever of the spirit,
   The brand of Cain’s unresting doom,
Which in the lone dark souls that bear it
   Glows like the lamp in Tullia’s tomb:
Unlike that lamp, its subtle fire
   Burns, blasts, consumes its cell, the heart,
Till, one by one, hope, joy, desire,
   Like dreams of shadowy smoke depart.

When hope, love, life itself, are only
   Dust—spectral memories—dead and cold—
The unfed fire burns bright and lonely,
   Like that undying lamp of old:
And by that drear illumination,
   Till time its clay-built home has rent,
Thought broods on feeling’s desolation
   The soul is its own monument.

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