Because I knew not when my life was good
Because I knew not when my life was good. Sarah Williams* (1838-1868).
This dramatic and insightful poem was printed in Williams’s Twilight Hours. A Legacy of Verse (1868), the book published after her death in April with a Memoir by Edward Hayes Plumptre*. It was entitled ‘Penitence’. It had eight stanzas:
Because I knew not when my life was good And when there was a light upon my path, But turned my soul perversely to the dark - O Lord, I do repent.
Because I held upon my selfish road, And left my brother wounded on the way, And called ambition duty, and pressed on - O Lord, I do repent.
Because I spent the strength Thou gavest me, In struggle which Thou never didst...
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