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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
The Adieu
By William Robert Spencer (1770–1834)
MORAVIANS their minstrelsy bring
  The death-bed with music to smooth:
So you, lovely comforter, sing
  My pangs of departure to soothe!
You sing—but my silent adieu        5
  A sorrow still keener will prove:
You lose but one friend who loves you,
  How many I lose whom I love!
When we go from each pleasure refined,
  Which the sense or the soul can receive        10
With no hope in our wanderings to find
  One ray of the sunshine we leave:
An adieu should in utterance die,
  Or if written, but faintly appear;
Only heard thro’ the burst of a sigh,        15
  Only read thro’ the blot of a tear!

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