Calcutta nr. 249 *
I am not the man to dread my non-existence,
for that half seems pleasanter to me than this half;
this is a life which God has lent me,
I will surrender it when the time of surrender comes.
I'm none to whom the thought of death a fear is;
More welcome it to me than life lack-cheer is:
Life 's but a loan from God to me, which gladly
I'll render, when the time to render here is.
I 'm not the man whom death doth fill with fear,
That half than this to me hath more of cheer;
To me life is a loan that God hath made.
And I 'l1 repay it when the time is here.