Where the Shoe Pinches



The pain of parting—once and once again
To kiss her pale lips as the hour draws nigh,
And the black hull steams out into the rain
And fades, and fades and fades against the sky.
The pain of doubting which is very hell,
The pain of her pain, when the hands are tied,
And powerless to comfort, none can tell
The pain of this pain save whose Love is tried­
The pain of all pain—when we have no right
To feel the sorrow—It is surely woe
To suffer openly in all men's sight,
But when we suffer and no soul can know,
And we must e'en go forward with the care
Of daily life, Ah! Woe's own woe is there!