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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Thomas Edward Brown. 1830–1897
  
792. Salve!
  
TO live within a cave—it is most good; 
    But, if God make a day, 
    And some one come, and say, 
'Lo! I have gather'd faggots in the wood!' 
    E'en let him stay,         5
And light a fire, and fan a temporal mood! 
 
So sit till morning! when the light is grown 
    That he the path can read, 
    Then bid the man God-speed! 
His morning is not thine: yet must thou own  10
They have a cheerful warmth—those ashes on the stone. 
 
 
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