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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
August 22
To the Memory of Sydney Dobell
By John Stuart Blackie (1809–1895)
          An English poet who died on August 22, 1874.

AND thou, too, gone! one more bright soul away
  To swell the mighty sleepers ’neath the sod;
One less to honor and to love, and say,
  Who lives with thee doth live half-way to God!
My chaste-souled Sydney! thou wast carved too fine        5
  For coarse observance of the general eye;
But who might look into thy soul’s fair shrine
  Saw bright gods there, and felt their presence nigh.
Oh! if we owe warm thanks to Heaven, ’tis when
  In the slow progress of the struggling years        10
Our touch is blessed to feel the pulse of men
  Who walk in light and love above their peers
White-robed, and forward point with guiding hand,
Breathing a heaven around them where they stand!

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