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VERSES: Tears, Idle Tears  

Emily Clement, 2014
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Tears, Idle Tears

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.

Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
That brings our friends up from the underworld,
Sad as the last which reddens over one
That sinks with all we love below the verge;
So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.

Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns
The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds
To dying ears, when unto dying eyes
The casement slowly grows a glimmering square;
So sad, so strange, the days that are no more.

Dear as remembered kisses after death,
And sweet as those by hopeless fancy feigned
On lips that are for others; deep as love,
Deep as first love, and wild with all regret;
O Death in Life, the days that are no more.


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Emily Clement

Emily Clement is currently a senior at Hartford Union High School. She grew up in the booming metropolis of Erin, WI, and attended Friess Lake School for elementary and middle school. One of her greatest hobbies is downhill skiing, and she is employed as a ski instructor at Little Switzerland Ski Resort in Slinger, WI. Always an avid reader and writer, Clement is the editor-in-cheif of the Hartford Chronicle. She is a member of Concert choir, which has become a passion throughout her high school experience. She is planning on attending college at University of Wisconsin La Crosse next year, but her intended major is still undecided. However, she'd like to dedicate her life to working with children, possibly in the field of psychology or elementary education.


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