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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
A Retrospect
By George Crabbe (1754–1832)
YES, I behold again the place,
  The seat of joy, the source of pain;
It brings in view the form and face
  That I must never see again.
The night bird’s song that sweetly floats        5
  On this soft gloom—this balmy air,
Brings to the mind her sweeter notes
  That I again must never hear.
Lo! yonder shines that window’s light;
  My guide, my token, heretofore;        10
And now again it shines as bright,
  When those dear eyes can shine no more.
Then hurry from this place away!
  It gives not now the bliss it gave;
For Death has made its charm his prey,        15
  And joy is buried in her grave.

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