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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
“Peace! What do Tears Avail?”
By Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
 
        PEACE! what do tears avail?
      She lies all dumb and pale;
            And from her eye
    The spirit of lovely life is fading,
            And she must die!        5
Why looks the lover wroth? the friend upbraiding?
              Reply, reply!
 
        Hath she not dwelt too long
        ’Midst pain and grief and wrong?
            Then why not die?        10
    Why suffer again her doom of sorrow,
            And hopeless lie?
Why nurse the trembling dream until to-morrow?
              Reply, reply!
 
      Death! Take her to thine arms,        15
      In all her stainless charms,
            And with her fly
To heavenly haunts, where, clad in brightness,
            The Angels lie.
Wilt bear her there, O Death, in all her whiteness?        20
              Reply, reply!
 
 
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