The Setting

By George Sterling

How vast and marvellous a stage was set,
    Man, for thy drama ! Who the play begot
    And whether it be tragedy or not,
Ending in darkness, we may know not yet,
Nor whether, on the heavenly parapet,
    An Audience be mindful of the plot—
    Sure at the last to hasten from the spot
With laughter, or with eyes thy fate hath wet.

Nathless immensities attend thy way,
    Whether it lead to rapture, sleep or woe:
        The mountains and the sun await thy years,
Confronting still thy triumph or dismay,
    And seas foremoaning all thy heart must know,
        And stars whose light shall glisten in they tears.

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