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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXXV. Consolation
‘O Life, O Death, O World, O Time’
By Richard Chenevix Trench (1807–1886)
 
O LIFE, O death, O world, O time,
  O grave, where all things flow,
’Tis yours to make our lot sublime
  With your great weight of woe.
 
Though sharpest anguish hearts may wring,        5
  Though bosoms torn may be,
Yet suffering is a holy thing;
  Without it what were we?
 
 
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