Poetry of Kansas

Wealth

Not in the mines of gold which mountains hide;
    Not in unfathomed deeps where treasures lie;
    Not in rare jewels some may chance to spy;
Not in prosperity, whose swelling tide
Bids man implicit trust there to confide;
    Nor yet in healthful life, for all must die;
    Impoverished to the dust, we bye and bye
Must mingle our poor clay, and not abide
In this vain life so destitute of joys.
    But rather in a name, that mine of gold
        Which gives nobility unto the man,
Who, rising far above these minor toys,
    Gains riches which to us are never told,
        Known only as its magnitude we span.

__James A. DeMoss

 

Kansas Zephyrs
James A. DeMoss
(Thayer, Kansas: ___. 1892)
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