Collected Poems of Henry Derozio: Preface by Manu Samriti Chander; Edited by Amardeep Singh

Sonnet ("Misery on misery!")

Misery on misery! — I soon shall be 
Like Atlas with a world upon my back — 
My heart's almost worn out — could any see 
Within my bosom, they would ken the track 
Which sorrow there has made; I cannot flee 
From thoughts which crush my soul upon the rack 
O! what a curse is immortality! 
We feel it but in pain, when Fate's attack 
Leaves the mind vanquished, but to suffer still 
Such tortures from the despot. Memory 
As Hope despairs of healing. Human ill 
Is with our nature linked eternally. 
Man and misfortune are twin-born — I feel 
This to be true, at least 'twas so with me!

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