BODY, you have served MC well : I have been limber with youth and lissome with skill ;
My eyes have been swift to see, as my feet to run ;
I have played long games in the sun,
And danced by night with a will.
My heart has been cloudless, high As an April sky ; My lips have known song and laughter, And the only lips they would kiss : My spirit has loved its shell !
0 Body, I have been dafter
Than birds in spring with your bliss ; But, since there must come an end,
Ncriv do me this last grace ;
Let me not perish' piecemeal, at' slow pace