Alone set on the path whose end you knew,
You did not sacrifice for life’s bare sake
The excellence that dwells out of men’s view
With those the fear of death can never break.
You were what we for many lifetimes might
Most long to be, and never be, while still
Advancing upwards towards your finer light
Which power’s graceless hands can never kill.
You live upon the heights in ageless pride,
Facing the deathless gods for whom you died.
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