Sara Teasedale: Testament


I said, "I will take my life    And throw it away; I who was fire and song    Will turn to clay."
"I will lie no more in the night    With shaken breath, I will toss my heart in the air    To be caught by Death."
But out of the night I heard,    Like the inland sound of the sea, The hushed and terrible sob    Of all humanity.
Then I said, "Oh who am I    To scorn God to his face? I will bow my head and stay    And suffer with my race."