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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Epigram: “Out of the conquered Past”
By Arthur Upson (1877–1908)
 
OUT of the conquered Past
  Unravishable Beauty;
Hearts that are dew and dust
  Rebuking the dream of Death;
Flower of the clay down-cast        5
  Triumphant in earth’s aroma;
Strings that were strained in rust
  A-tremble with Music’s breath!
 
Wine that was spilt in haste
  Arising in fumes more precious;        10
Garlands that fell forgot
  Rooting to wondrous bloom;
Youth that would flow to waste
  Pausing in pool-green valleys—
And Passion that lasted not        15
  Surviving the voiceless Tomb!
 
 
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