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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
September 15
Arthur Henry Hallam
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
From “In Memoriam
  The friend of Tennyson. His early death (on Sept. 15, 1883), is the subject of “In Memoriam.”

THE DANUBE to the Severn gave
  The darken’d heart that beat no more;
  They laid him by the pleasant shore,
And in the hearing of the wave.
There twice a day the Severn fills;        5
  The salt sea-water passes by,
  And hushes half the babbling Wye,
And makes a silence in the hills.
The Wye is hush’d nor moved along
  And hush’d my deepest grief of all,        10
  When fill’d with tears that cannot fall,
I brim with sorrow drowning song.
The tide flows down, the wave again
  Is vocal in its wooded walls;
  My deeper anguish also falls,        15
And I can speak a little then.
I envy not in any moods
  The captive void of noble rage,
  The linnet born within the cage,
That never knew the summer woods:        20
I envy not the beast that takes
  His license in the field of time,
  Unfetter’d by the sense of crime,
To whom a conscience never wakes;
Nor, what may count itself as blest,        25
  The heart that never plighted troth,
  But stagnates in the weeds of sloth;
Nor any want-begotten rest.
I hold it true, whate’er befall;
  I feel it, when I sorrow most;        30
  ’Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
This truth came borne with bier and pall,
  I felt it when I sorrowed most,
  ’Tis better to have loved and lost,        35
Than never to have loved at all—

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