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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
James Thomson. 1700–1748
448. On the Death of a particular Friend
AS those we love decay, we die in part, 
String after string is sever'd from the heart; 
Till loosen'd life, at last but breathing clay, 
Without one pang is glad to fall away. 
Unhappy he who latest feels the blow!         5
Whose eyes have wept o'er every friend laid low, 
Dragg'd ling'ring on from partial death to death, 
Till, dying, all he can resign is—breath. 
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