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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
By Lord de Tabley (John Byrne Leicester Warren) (1835–1895)
PEACE, there is nothing more for men to speak;
  A larger wisdom than our lips’ decrees.
Of that dumb mouth no longer reason seek,
  No censure reaches that eternal peace,
      And that immortal ease.        5
Believe them not that would disturb the end
  With earth’s invidious comment, idly meant.
Speak and have done thy evil; for my friend
  Is gone beyond all human discontent,
      And wisely went.        10
Say what you will and have your sneer and go.
  You see the specks, we only heed the fruit
Of a great life, whose truth—men hate truth so—
  No lukewarm age of compromise could suit.
      Laugh and be mute!        15

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