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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
VI. Consolation
Death in Youth
Philip James Bailey (1816–1902)
From “Festus”

FOR to die young is youth’s divinest gift;
To pass from one world fresh into another,
Ere change hath lost the charm of soft regret,
And feel the immortal impulse from within
Which makes the coming life cry always, On!        5
And follow it while strong, is heaven’s last mercy.
There is a fire-fly in the south, but shines
When on the wing. So is ’t with mind. When once
We rest, we darken. On! saith God to the soul,
As unto the earth for ever. On it goes,        10
A rejoicing native of the infinite,
As is a bird, of air; an orb, of heaven.

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