Past and Future

The new hath come and now the old retires:
And so the past becomes a mountain—cell,
Where lone, apart, old hermit—memories dwell
In consecrated calm, forgotten yet
Of the keen heart that hastens to forget
Old longings in fulfilling new desires.
And now the Soul stands in a vague, intense
Expectancy and anguish of suspense,
On the dim chamber—threshold . . . lo! he sees
Like a strange, fated bride as yet unknown,
His timid future shrinking there alone,
Beneath her marriage—veil of mysteries.

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