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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
The Grave of Love
By Thomas Love Peacock (1785–1866)
I DUG, beneath the cypress shade,
  What well might seem an elfin’s grave;
And every pledge in earth I laid,
  That erst thy false affection gave.
I pressed them down the sod beneath;        5
  I placed one mossy stone above;
And twined the rose’s fading wreath
  Around the sepulchre of love.
Frail as thy love, the flowers were dead,
  Ere yet the evening sun was set:        10
But years shall see the cypress spread,
  Immutable as my regret.

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