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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XX. The Burial
Death Song
By Robert Stephen Hawker (1803–1875)
 
THERE lies a cold corpse upon the sands
  Down by the rolling sea;
Close up the eyes and straighten the hands
  As a Christian man’s should be.
 
Bury it deep, for the good of my soul,        5
  Six feet below the ground;
Let the sexton come and the death-bell toll
  And good men stand around.
 
Lay it among the churchyard stones,
  Where the priest hath bless’d the clay:        10
I cannot leave the unburied bones,
  And I fain would go my way.
 
 
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