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Black Beetles in Amber By Ambrose Bierce Characters: 921

Updated: 2017-11-30 00:05

Lo! the new Sharon with a new intent,

Making no laws, but keen to circumvent

The laws of Nature (since he can't repeal)

That break his failing body on the wheel.

As Tantalus again and yet again

The elusive wave endeavors to restrain

To slake his awful thirst, so Sharon tries

To purchase happiness that age denies;

Obtains the shadow, but the substance goes,

And hugs the thorn, but cannot keep the rose;

For Dead Sea fruits bids

prodigally, eats,

And then, with tardy reformation-cheats.

Alert his faculties as three score years

And four score vices will permit, he nears-

Dicing with Death-the finish of the game,

And curses still his candle's wasting flame,

The narrow circle of whose feeble glow

Dims and diminishes at every throw.

Moments his losses, pleasures are his gains,

Which even in his grasp revert to pains.

The joy of grasping them alone remains.

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