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Edgar A. Guest poem I can,t find
Posted by: dmacbeth (209.33.222.---)
Date: July 21, 2009 02:08PM

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.


Re: Edgar A. Guest poem I can,t find
Posted by: LindaD (91.110.247.---)
Date: July 22, 2009 06:30PM

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.' "

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