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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Lines: ‘When youthful faith hath fled’
By John Gibson Lockhart (1794–1854)
WHEN youthful faith hath fled,
  Of loving take thy leave;
Be constant to the dead—
  The dead cannot deceive.
Sweet modest flowers of Spring,        5
  How fleet your balmy day!
And Man’s brief life can bring
  No secondary May:
No earthly burst again
  Of gladness out of gloom,        10
Fond hope and vision vain,
  Ungrateful to the tomb.
But ’tis an old belief
  That on some solemn shore
Beyond the sphere of grief        15
  Dear friends shall meet once more:
Beyond the sphere of Time
  And Sin and Fate’s control,
Serene in endless prime
  Of body and of soul.        20
That creed I fain would keep,
  That hope I’ll not forgo—
Eternal be the sleep
  Unless to waken so!

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