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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Dirge
By John Vance Cheney (1848–1922)
 
SWEET flower in perfect bloom,
  Thy leaves shall withered be;
Lone winds above thy tomb
  Shall nightly sigh with me—
        Sigh with me.        5
 
Blithe brook of merry song,
  Thy goal’s the moaning sea;
Thy laughter spent, ere long
  Thou’lt mourn, ay, moan with me—
        Moan with me.        10
 
All days, with love’s short day,
  Steal on to darkness deep:
Beauty shall pass away,
  Nor mirth her measures keep—
        Weep, oh, weep!        15
 
 
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