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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXIX. The Happy Dead
Dirge
By Madison Cawein (1865–1914)
 
WHAT shall her silence keep
Under the sun?
Here, where the willows weep
And waters run;
Here, where she lies asleep,        5
And all is done.
 
Lights, when the tree-top swings;
Scents that are sown;
Sounds of the wood-bird’s wings;
And the bee’s drone:        10
These be her comfortings
Under the stone.
 
What shall watch o’er her here
When day is fled?
Here, when the night is near        15
And skies are red;
Here, where she lieth dear
And young and dead.
 
Shadows, and winds that spill
Dew, and the tune        20
Of the wild whippoorwill,
And the white moon,—
These be the watchers still
Over her stone.
 
 
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