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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
Influence of Time on Grief
By William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)
O TIME! who know’st a lenient hand to lay
  Softest on sorrow’s wound, and slowly thence,
  Lulling to sad repose the weary sense,
The faint pang stealest unperceived away;
  On thee I rest my only hope at last,        5
And think, when thou hast dried the bitter tear
That flows in vain o’er all my soul held dear,
  I may look back on every sorrow past,
And meet life’s peaceful evening with a smile;—
  As some lone bird, at day’s departing hour,        10
  Sings in the sunbeam, of the transient shower
Forgetful, though its wings are wet the while;—
  Yet ah! how much must that poor heart endure,
  Which hopes from thee, and thee alone, a cure.

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