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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Walter Savage Landor. 1775–1864
  
563. Resignation
  
WHY, why repine, my pensive friend, 
  At pleasures slipp'd away? 
Some the stern Fates will never lend, 
  And all refuse to stay. 
 
I see the rainbow in the sky,         5
  The dew upon the grass; 
I see them, and I ask not why 
  They glimmer or they pass. 
 
With folded arms I linger not 
  To call them back; 'twere vain:  10
In this, or in some other spot, 
  I know they'll shine again. 
 
 
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