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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
103. The Last Hero
WE laid him to rest with tenderness;
Homeward we turned in the twilight’s gold;
We thought in ourselves with dumb distress—
All the story of earth is told.
A beautiful word at the last was said:        5
A great deep heart like the hearts of old
Went forth; and the speaker had lost the thread,
Or all the story of earth was told.
The dust hung over the pale dry ways
Dizzily fired with the twilight’s gold,        10
And a bitter remembrance blew in each face
How all the story of earth was told.


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