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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Old Stoic
By Emily Brontë (1818–1848)
 
RICHES I hold in light esteem,
  And Love I laugh to scorn;
And lust of fame was but a dream
  That vanish’d with the morn:
 
And, if I pray, the only prayer        5
  That moves my lips for me
Is, ‘Leave the heart that now I bear,
  And give me liberty!’
 
Yea, as my swift days near their goal,
  ’Tis all that I implore:        10
In life and death a chainless soul,
  With courage to endure.
 
 
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