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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Songs from “Death’s Jest-Book.” II. Dirge
Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–49)
IF thou wilt ease thine heart
Of love and all its smart,
      Then sleep, dear, sleep;
And not a sorrow
  Hang any tear on your eye-lashes;        5
      Lie still and deep,
  Sad soul, until the sea-wave washes
The rim o’ the sun to-morrow,
      In eastern sky.
But wilt thou cure thine heart        10
Of love and all its smart,
      Then die, dear, die;
’T is deeper, sweeter,
  Than on a rose bank to lie dreaming
      With folded eye;        15
  And then alone, amid the beaming
Of love’s stars, thou ’lt meet her
      In eastern sky.


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