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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
My Epitaph
By David Gray (1838–1861)
BELOW lies one whose name was traced in sand:
He died, not knowing what it was to live:
Died, while the first sweet consciousness of manhood
To maiden thoughts electrified his soul,
Faint heatings in the calyx of the rose.        5
Bewilder’d reader, pass without a sigh
In a proud sorrow! There is life with God
In other kingdom of a sweeter air.
In Eden every flower is blown: Amen.

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