Conscience and Remorse

Conscience and Remorse
by Paul Laurence Dunbar


"Good-bye," I said to my conscience—
  "Good-bye for aye and aye,"
And I put her hands off harshly,
  And turned my face away;
And conscience smitten sorely
  Returned not from that day.

But a time came when my spirit
  Grew weary of its pace;
And I cried: "Come back, my conscience;
  I long to see thy face."
But conscience cried: "I cannot;
  Remorse sits in my place."

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.