Why did I laugh to-night? No voice will tell;
No God, no demon of severe response,
Deigns to reply from heaven or from hell
Then to my human heart I turn at once
Heart, thou and I are here sad and alone;
Say wherefore didi I laugh? Oh, mortal pain!
Oh, darkness, darkness! Ever must I moan,
To question heaven and hell and heart in vain!
Why did I laugh? I know this being's lease,
My fancy to its utmost blisses spreads;
Yet could I on this very midnight cease,
And the world's gaudy ensigns see in shreds;
Verse, fame, and beauty are intense indeed,
But Death's intenser -- Death is Life's high meed.