With Laughter

I wish to laugh, then laugh I like a fool,

When laughter lights my face like forest fire,

And if my laughter should in faith inspire,

Perchance can freedom happily fill me full!

That such a feisty laugh infect and pull

The conscience of an icy-hearted liar,

A tiny hope exists: a glad empire

Is spread by laughter, a never-resting tool:

So laugh! And thus fight sorrow; feel the cheers

Warm to the fallows of a heart

Abandoned to foul thoughts. Let no more tears

Strike any face, let laughter tear apart

Each gloomy time; so laugh, and feel this joy,

That all may be in ecstasy’s employ!

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