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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 1806–1861
681. Grief
I TELL you, hopeless grief is passionless; 
  That only men incredulous of despair, 
  Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air 
Beat upward to God's throne in loud access 
Of shrieking and reproach. Full desertness         5
  In souls as countries lieth silent-bare 
  Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare 
Of the absolute Heavens. Deep-hearted man, express 
Grief for thy Dead in silence like to death— 
  Most like a monumental statue set  10
In everlasting watch and moveless woe 
Till itself crumble to the dust beneath. 
  Touch it; the marble eyelids are not wet: 
If it could weep, it could arise and go. 
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