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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Lachrimæ; or, Mirth turned to Mourning
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
    CALL me no more,
    As heretofore,
The music of a feast;
    Since now, alas,
    The mirth that was        5
In me, is dead or ceast.
 
    Before I went
    To banishment
Into the loathèd west,
    I could rehearse        10
    A lyric verse,
And speak it with the best.
 
    But time, ay me!
    Has laid, I see,
My organ fast asleep;        15
    And turned my voice
    Into the noise
Of those that sit and weep.
 
 
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