The Suicide’s Argument

Ere the birth of my life, if I wished it or no 

No question was asked me–it could not be so ! 
If the life was the question, a thing sent to try 
And to live on be YES; what can NO be ? to die. 

NATURE’S ANSWER 

Is’t returned, as ’twas sent ? Is’t no worse for the wear ? 
Think first, what you ARE ! Call to mind what you WERE ! 
I gave you innocence, I gave you hope, 
Gave health, and genius, and an ample scope, 
Return you me guilt, lethargy, despair ? 
Make out the invent’ry ; inspect, compare ! 
Then die–if die you dare !

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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