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    WHAT IS LIFE?

    Oh what is life? A passing dream,
    A vision, or a meteor gleam,
    That still allures the wanderer on,
    Till e’en he grasps-alas ‘tis gone,
    HHHH 101.1

    O what is life? A fleeting day,
    With glittering show of trappings gay;
    But ere aware-the living light
    Is waning into shades of night.
    HHHH 101.2

    O what is life? A vale of tears,
    A shadowy land of doubts and fears,
    A strange array of light and shade,
    Of hopes that die and joys that fade.
    HHHH 101.3

    Oh what is life? A blooming flower,
    That fades and withers in an hour;
    A changing cloud that passes o’er-
    A wave that sinks upon the shore.
    HHHH 101.4

    Oh what is life? A phantom chase-
    Swift is the running of the race;
    Soon the desired goal is won,
    The journey past-the labor done.
    HHHH 101.5

    Oh what is life? A rapid stream,
    That sparkles with a sunny beam;
    With ceaseless rolling on ward, led
    Down to the ocean’s mighty bed.
    HHHH 101.6

    Oh what is life? A battle field,
    Where right to wrong too oft must yield,
    A fearful war of deadly strife,
    A conflict dark-the field of life.
    HHHH 102.1

    Oh what is life? A changing sea,
    Now calm, unruffled it may be;
    Now storm and tempest wildly rave,
    Till sinks the bark beneath the wave.
    HHHH 102.2

    Oh what is life? A rugged way,
    With treach’rous paths that lead astray,
    A way of care and toil and gloom,
    A step into the silent tomb.
    HHHH 102.3

    Oh what is life? A transient ray,
    A moment of an endless day;
    Oh happy he who, as it flies,
    Improves the moment ere he dies.
    HHHH 102.4

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