Design for the Magdalene Crayon
Note: Charles Fairfax Murray's note appears at the top left of this page.
- The lost days of my life until to-day,
- What were they, could I see them on the street
- Lie as they fell? Would they be ears of wheat
- Sown once for food but trodden into clay?
- Or golden coins squandered and still to pay?
- Or drops of blood dabbling the guilty feet?
- Or such spilt water as in dreams must cheat
- The throats of men in Hell, who thirst alway?
- I do not see them here; but after death
- God knows I know the faces I shall see, 10
- Each one a murdered self, with low last breath.
- ‘I am thyself,—what hast thou done to me?’
- ‘And I—and I—thyself,’ (lo! each one saith,)
- ‘And thou thyself to all eternity!’
Note: The poem appears on the verso of the drawing.