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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
August 25
By Charles Edward Russell (1860–1941)
          Thomas Chatterton, an English poet of extraordinary precocity, committed suicide in London at the early age of seventeen, August 25, 1770.

HE went his way to rest with weary feet,
  Home-turning as one would that long had strayed
  In stoniest pathways, for his love repaid
With mocking laughter, for his singing sweet
With fast-shut door and wind-swept echoing street.        5
  Tired eyes and hopeless heart to the great shade
  Crept beaten back at last but unafraid,
And stilled were wings for a sodden world too fleet.
He went his way; and we, in whose charmed ears
  Live still the sound and throbbing of his song,        10
But for this picture of his darkening years
  Might nothing know how bruised and baffled long
His soul soared singing to the brightest spheres
  From that salt gulf of bitterness and wrong.

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