George Santayana

(16 December 1863 - 26 September 1952 / Madrid)

I Would I Might Forget That I Am I - Poem by George Santayana

I would I might forget that I am I,
And break the heavy chain that binds me fast,
Whose links about myself my deeds have cast.
What in the body's tomb doth buried lie
Is boundless; 'tis the spirit of the sky,
Lord of the future, guardian of the past,
And soon must forth, to know his own at last.
In his large life to live, I fain would die.
Happy the dumb beast, hungering for food,
But calling not his suffering his own;
Blessed the angel, gazing on all good,
But knowing not he sits upon a throne;
Wretched the mortal, pondering his mood,
And doomed to know his aching heart alone.


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  • Rookie - 0 Points Angel E. B. (6/14/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    I really love this poem, it's sublime. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 3, 2011


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