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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
John Oldham. 1653–1683
  
420. A Quiet Soul
  
THY soul within such silent pomp did keep, 
  As if humanity were lull'd asleep; 
So gentle was thy pilgrimage beneath, 
  Time's unheard feet scarce make less noise, 
  Or the soft journey which a planet goes:         5
Life seem'd all calm as its last breath. 
  A still tranquillity so hush'd thy breast, 
    As if some Halcyon were its guest, 
    And there had built her nest; 
  It hardly now enjoys a greater rest.  10
 
 
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