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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Death’s Alchemy
William Sidney Walker (1795–1846)
THEY say that thou wert lovely on thy bier,
More lovely than in life; that when the thrall
Of earth was loos’d, it seem’d as though a pall
Of years were lifted, and thou didst appear
Such as of old amidst thy home’s calm sphere        5
Thou sat’st, a kindly Presence felt by all
In joy or grief, from morn to evening-fall,
The peaceful Genius of that mansion dear.
Was it the craft of all-persuading Love
That wrought this marvel? or is Death in-deed        10
A mighty master, gifted from above
With alchemy benign, to wounded hearts
Minist’ring thus, by quaint and subtle arts,
Strange comfort, whereon after-thought may feed?


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