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James Whitcomb Riley - Unless

Who has not wanted, does not guess 
What plenty is.--Who has not groped 
In depths of doubt and hopelessness, 
Has never truly hoped.-- 
Unless, sometimes, a shaow falls 
Upon his mirth, and veils his sight, 
And from the darkness drifts the light 
Of love at intervals.

And that most dear of everything, 
I hold, is love; and who can sit 
With lightest heart and laugh and sing, 
Knows not the worth of it.-- 
Unless, in some strange throng, perchance, 
He feels how thrilling sweet it is, 
One yearning look that answers his -- 
The troth of glance and glance.

Who knows not pain, knows not, alas! 
What pleasure is.--Who knows not of 
The bitter cup that will not pass, 
Knows not the taste of love. 
O souls that thirst, and hearts that fast, 
And natures faint with famishing, 
God lift and lead and safely bring 
You to your own at last! 

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Poet: James Whitcomb Riley
Poem: Unless
Poem of the Day: Oct 14 2008

Comment 2 of 2, added on December 12th, 2005 at 11:09 AM.

I liked this poem because the story was touching.The poem was about this poor little girl that was very depressing.But it was interesting because she found a way to have hope.

Craig L. Beeson from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on December 12th, 2005 at 11:10 AM.

This poem I think is good
I'd read 100 times if I could

Courtney from United States

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