O Strange Monotony of Song: Fragment

O STRANGE monotony of song!
Life’s joy,
Life’s pain,
The ecstasy, the agony of love,
The sharp despair, the solaces of death;
The irretrievable loss that desolates;
The daring hope that somewhere beyond change
Our lost ones wait for us with happier eyes!
Strange, strange majestic sameness! Yesterday,
To-day, To-morrow — still the ancient cries,
The ancient voices, the
Antique imperishable facts of song:
Life, Love, and Death.