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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
XV. Rest is not Here
By Carolina, Lady Nairne (1766–1845)
WHAT’S this vain world to me?—
  Rest is not here;
False are the smiles I see,
  The mirth I hear.
Where is youth’s joyful glee?        5
Where all once dear to me?
Gone as the shadows flee—
  Rest is not here.
Why did the morning shine
  Blythely and fair?        10
Why did those tints so fine
  Vanish in air?
Does not the vision say,
Faint lingering heart, away,
Why in this desert stay?        15
  Dark land of care!
Where souls angelic soar,
  Thither repair;
Let this vain world no more
  Lull and ensnare.        20
That Heaven I love so well
Still in my heart shall dwell;
All things around me tell,
  Rest is found there.

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