Archive for October 18th, 2012

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Compensation by Carol Atherton (Briggs) Mason

Not in each shell the diver brings to air
Is found the priceless pearl, but only where
Mangled, and torn, and bruised well-nigh to death,
The wounded oyster draws its labouring breath.
Oh, tried and suffering soul! gauge here your gain;
The pearl of patience is the fruit of pain.

From: Mason, Carol Atherton (Briggs), The Lost Ring, and Other Poems, 1892, Houghton, Mifflin and Company: Boston, p. 61.

Date: 1892

By: Carol Atherton (Briggs) Mason (1823-1890)