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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
A Farewell
By Charles Kingsley (1819–1875)
 
MY fairest child, I have no song to give you;
  No lark could pipe to skies so dull and gray:
Yet, ere we part, one lesson I can leave you
            For every day.
 
Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever;        5
  Do noble things, not dream them, all day long;
And so make life, death, and that vast forever
            One grand, sweet song.
 
 
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