Life's Fate

Original Text: 
Mortal refrains: the Complete Collected Poetry, Prose, and Songs of Julia A. Moore, the Sweet Singer of Michigan, ed. Thomas J. Riedlinger (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1998): 134-35. PS 2430 .M3 1998 Robarts Library. Cedar Springs Clipper
1The world is filled with trouble;
2    This world is filled with woe;
3We poor mortals can not shun it,
4    Wherever we may go.
5Oftentimes we endeavor,
6    To leave it far behind;
7Yet as often in our pathway,
8    Trouble and woe we find.
9We are on a foaming billow,
10    Tossing to and fro;
11And if we are not careful,
12    It may prove our overthrow.
13Its foamy crest around us,
14    Is bright as mid-day sun;
15Alluring us to temptations,
16    Which we should try to shun.
17Our lives are only shadows,
18    Cast on the sea of time;
19They will vanish through the darkness,
20    When the light of heaven shines.
21That glorious light will lead us,
22    To dwell forever more --
23Free from trouble, woe and care --
24    On Heaven's blissful shore.
Publication Start Year: 
1880
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2004