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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
I. Serenity
‘As sometimes in a dead man’s face’
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
From ‘In Memoriam’

AS sometimes in a dead man’s face,
    To those that watch it more and more,
    A likeness, hardly seen before,
Comes out—to some one of his race:
So, dearest, now thy brows are cold,        5
    I see thee what thou art, and know
    Thy likeness to the wise below,
Thy kindred with the great of old.
But there is more than I can see,
    And what I see I leave unsaid,        10
    Nor speak it, knowing Death has made
His darkness beautiful with thee.

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