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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
I Die, Being Young
 
David Gray (1838–61)
 
 
“WHOM the gods love die young.” The thought is old,
And yet it sooth’d the sweet Athenian mind.
I take it with all pleasure, overbold
Perhaps, yet to its virtue much inclin’d
By an inherent love for what is fair.        5
This is the utter poetry of woe,
That the bright-flashing gods should cure despair
By love, and make youth precious here below.
I die, being young; and, dying, could become
A pagan, with the tender Grecian trust.        10
Let death, the fell anatomy, benumb
The hand that writes, and fill my mouth with dust:
Chant no funereal theme, but, with a choral
Hymn, O ye mourners, hail immortal youth auroral.
 

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