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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
George Crabbe. 1754–1832
480. Meeting
MY Damon was the first to wake 
  The gentle flame that cannot die; 
My Damon is the last to take 
  The faithful bosom's softest sigh: 
The life between is nothing worth,         5
  O cast it from thy thought away! 
Think of the day that gave it birth, 
  And this its sweet returning day. 
Buried be all that has been done, 
  Or say that naught is done amiss;  10
For who the dangerous path can shun 
  In such bewildering world as this? 
But love can every fault forgive, 
  Or with a tender look reprove; 
And now let naught in memory live  15
  But that we meet, and that we love. 

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