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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XIV. This Is Thy Hour
Madrigal
By William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
 
    THE BEAUTY and the life
    Of life’s and beauty’s fairest paragon,
O tears! O grief! hung at a feeble thread
To which pale Atropos had set her knife;
    The soul with many a groan        5
    Had left each outward part,
And now did take his last leave of the heart:
Nought else did want, save death, ev’n to be dead;
When the afflicted band about her bed,
Seeing so fair him come in lips, cheeks, eyes,        10
Cried, ‘Ah! and can Death enter Paradise?’
 
 
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