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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
By George Herbert (1593–1633)
SWEET Day! so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky,
The dew shall weep thy fall to-night—
                For thou must die.
Sweet Rose! whose hue, angry and brave,        5
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye,
Thy root is ever in its grave;—
                And thou must die.
Sweet Spring! full of sweet days and roses;
A box where sweets compacted lie;        10
My music shows ye have your closes;—
                And all must die.
Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
Like seasoned timber, never gives;
But, though the whole world turn to coal,        15
                Then chiefly lives.

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