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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.

William Blake (1757–1827)
MY 1 silks and fine array,
  My smiles and languish’d air,
By love are driven away:
  And mournful lean Despair
Brings me yew to deck my grave:        5
Such end true lovers have.
His face is fair as heaven
  When springing buds unfold;
O why to him was’t given
  Whose heart is wintry cold?        10
His breast is love’s all-worshipp’d tomb,
Where all love’s pilgrims come.
Bring me an axe and spade,
  Bring me a winding sheet;
When I my grave have made,        15
  Let winds and tempests beat:
Then down I’ll lie, as cold as clay.
True love doth pass away.
Note 1. Blake. Song from ‘Poetical Sketches’. [back]

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