I have been looking in vain for a poem by Edgar A. Guest that has the following lines:
The great god fear grinned back at me,
I am the god men never see.
Yet past their door I could not go,
had they the wit to tell me know.
Any ideas or references would be appreciated.
I found this on-line.
The great god Fear grinned back at me:
"I am the foe men never see,
The hurt they never feel" said he.
"I am the wrong they never bear,
The poison they themselves prepare.
I am the shadow on the stair.
"I have no voice and yet I speak;
No strength and yet I blanch the cheek
And leave the strongest mortals weak.
"I am the blackguard man befriends
Heeds most, feeds, cherishes, attends,
And 'gainst all counsel wise defends.
"I fire no gun, I make no cry
No lodging place in fact have I,
Yet I'm the countless deaths men die.
"Mine is a humor ghastly grim
The lamp of reason I can dim,
Though I am nothing but a whim.
"I am man's cruelest, bitterest foe
Yet past his door I could not go
Had he the wit to tell me 'No.' "