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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Death Song
By Robert Stephen Hawker (1803–1875)
THERE lies a cold corpse upon the sands
  Down by the rolling sea;
Close up the eyes and straighten the hands
  As a Christian man’s should be.
Bury it deep, for the good of my soul,        5
  Six feet below the ground;
Let the sexton come and the death-bell toll
  And good men stand around.
Lay it among the churchyard stones,
  Where the priest hath bless’d the clay:        10
I cannot leave the unburied bones,
  And I fain would go my way.

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