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From 'The Dead Man Walking' -1899

They hail me as one living,
But don't they know
That I have died of late years,
Untombed although?

I am but a shape that stands here,
A pulseless mould,
A pale past picture, screening
Ashes gone cold.

~

And if when I died fully
I cannot say,
And changed into the corpse-thing
I am to-day.

Yet is it that, though whiling
The time somehow
In walking, talking, smiling,
I live not now.
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