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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
My Damon Was the First to Wake
By George Crabbe (1754–1832)
MY 1 Damon was the first to wake
  The gentle flame that cannot die;
My Damon is the last to take
  The faithful bosom’s softest sigh:
The life between is nothing worth,        5
  O! cast it from thy thought away;
Think of the day that gave it birth,
  And this its sweet returning day.
Buried be all that has been done,
  Or say that naught is done amiss;        10
For who the dangerous path can shun
  In such bewildering world as this?
But love can every fault forgive,
  Or with a tender look reprove;
And now let naught in memory live,        15
  But that we meet, and that we love.
Note 1. From The Elder Brother, in The Tales of the Hall. [back]

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