Why did I laugh tonight? No voice will tell Why did I laugh tonight? No voice will tell: No god, no demon of severe response, Deigns to reply from heaven or from hell. Then to my human heart I turn at once- Heart!thou and I are here sad and alone; Say, wherefore did I laugh? O mortal pain! O darkness! darkness!ever must I moan, To question heaven and hell and heart in vain! Why did I laugh? I know this being`s lease- My fancy to its utmost blisses cease, And the world`s gaudy ensigns see in shreds. Verse, fame, and beauty are intense indeed, But death intenser - death is life`s high meed.