An apology for sadness

"An Apology for Sadness," read by Jannie Meisberger for LibriVox.org.

When, in the miser's eager gaze,
    His countless treasures lie,
Then most his coward spirit sinks,
    With dread of poverty.

And when I felt within my grasp,
    The treasure of thy love;
The insatiate avarice of the heart
    Fierce with my spirit strove.

It troubled the clear fountain where
    My thirsting soul had quaffed,
And mingled tears of bitterness
    With the delicious draft.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.