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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
V. Death and Bereavement
Love and Death
Margaret Deland (1857–1945)
ALAS! that men must see
    Love, before Death!
Else they content might be
    With their short breath;
Aye, glad, when the pale sun        5
Showed restless day was done,
And endless Rest begun.
Glad, when with strong, cool hand
    Death clasped their own,
And with a strange command        10
    Hushed every moan;
Glad to have finished pain,
And labor wrought in vain,
Blurred by Sin’s deepening stain.
But Love’s insistent voice        15
    Bids self to flee—
“Live that I may rejoice,
    Live on, for me!”
So, for Love’s cruel mind,
Men fear this Rest to find,        20
Nor know great Death is kind!

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