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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Come Away, Come Away, Death
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
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I.
  COME away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
  Fly away, fly away, breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,        5
          O prepare it!
My part of death no one so true
          Did share it.
 
II.
  Not a flower, not a flower sweet,
On my black coffin let there be strewn;        10
  Not a friend, not a friend greet
My poor corse, where my bones shall be thrown.
A thousand thousand sighs to save,
          Lay me, O where
Sad true lover never find my grave,        15
          To weep there!
 
 
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