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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Westminster Abbey
By Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895)
 
October 12th, 1892 1

“Gieb diesen Todten mir heraus!”

The Minster speaks
          BRING me my dead!
          To me that have grown,
          Stone laid upon stone,
          As the stormy brood
          Of English blood        5
          Has waxed and spread
          And filled the world,
          With sails unfurled;
        With men that may not lie;
        With thoughts that cannot die.        10
 
          Bring me my dead!
          Into the storied hall,
        Where I have garnered all
        My harvest without weed;
      My chosen fruits of goodly seed;        15
      And lay him gently down among
    The men of State, the men of song:
    The men that would not suffer wrong,
    The thought-worn chieftains of the mind,
    Head servants of the human kind.        20
 
          Bring me my dead!
        The autumn sun shall shed
        Its beams athwart the bier’s
        Heaped blooms; a many tears
Shall flow; his words, in cadence sweet and strong,        25
Shall voice the full hearts of the silent throng.
          Bring me my dead!
 
  And oh! sad wedded mourner, seeking still
  For vanished hand-clasp, drinking in thy fill
  Of holy grief; forgive, that pious theft        30
  Robs thee of all save memories left.
  Not thine to kneel beside the grassy mound,
  While dies the western glow, and all around
  Is silence, and the shadows closer creep
  And whisper softly, All must fall asleep.        35
 
Note 1. Ode on Tennyson’s Death: From the Nineteenth Century, November 1892. [back]
 
 
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