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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
Dirge for Wolfram (from Death’s Jest Book, Act ii)
By Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849)
IF thou wilt ease thine heart
Of love and all its smart,
    Then sleep, dear, sleep;
And not a sorrow
  Hang any tear on your eyelashes;        5
    Lie still and deep,
  Sad soul, until the sea-wave washes
The rim o’ the sun to-morrow,
    In eastern sky.
But wilt thou cure thine heart        10
Of love and all its smart,
    Then die, dear, die;
’Tis deeper, sweeter,
  Than on a rose-bank to lie dreaming
    With folded eye;        15
And there alone, amid the beaming
Of Love’s stars, thou ’lt meet her
    In eastern sky.

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