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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
In After Days
By Henry Austin Dobson (1840–1921)
IN after days when grasses high
O’er-top the stone where I shall lie,
  Though ill or well the world adjust
  My slender claim to honour’d dust,
I shall not question nor reply.        5
I shall not see the morning sky;
I shall not hear the night-wind sigh;
  I shall be mute, as all men must
      In after days!
But yet, now living, fain would I        10
That some one then should testify,
  Saying—‘He held his pen in trust
  To Art, not serving shame or lust.’
Will none?—Then let my memory die
      In after days!        15
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