SELF - Romesh Chunder Dutt Poems


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This is my chiefest torment, that behind
    The brave and subtle spirit, the swift brain,
    There sits and shivers, in a cell of pain,
A groping atom, melancholy, blind,
Which is myself; -- though, when spring suns are kind,
    And rich leaves riot in the genial rain,
    I cheat him, dreaming: slip my rigorous chain,
Free as a skiff before the dancing wind.
Then he awakes: and vexed that I am glad,
    In dreary malice strains some nimble cord,
        Pricks his thin claw within some delicate nerve;
        And all at once I falter, start, and swerve
From my true course, to fall, unmanned and sad,
    Into gross darkness, tangible, abhorred.