Work of Life.
Mayst thou like the setting sun,
In thy radiance reflect a glow__
Brilliant on this earth below.
Mayst thy last transporting breath
Picture victory over death,
While the rays of light expand
Full of blessings on each hand.
Work of life, oh mayst thou be
Lasting as eternity:
Full of hope and void of fears
As the everlasting years.
Mayst thy pleasures come and go,
Like the sunshine on the snow,
Brilliant as the light above,
Full of faith and hope and love.
Work of life, oh let me rest,
Viewing from kind Nature's breast
All that's true and good and bright
In its most effulgent light.
Let my eyes once more behold
All the joys of life unfold:
Like the setting of the sun__
Gilds the race that he has run.
__James S. Jennings.
Poets and Poetry of Kansas
Edited by Thomas W. Herringshaw
(Chicago: American Publishers' Association. 1894)