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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Song: ‘O fly not, Pleasure, pleasant-hearted Pleasure’
By Wilfred Scawen Blunt (1840–1922)
O FLY not, Pleasure, pleasant-hearted Pleasure;
  Fold me thy wings, I prithee, yet and stay:
      For my heart no measure
      Knows, nor other treasure
  To buy a garland for my love to-day.        5
And thou, too, Sorrow, tender-hearted Sorrow,
  Thou gray-eyed mourner, fly not yet away:
      For I fain would borrow
      Thy sad weeds to-morrow,
  To make a mourning for love’s yesterday.        10
The voice of Pity, Time’s divine dear Pity,
  Moved me to tears: I dared not say them nay,
      But pass’d forth from the city,
      Making thus my ditty
  Of fair love lost for ever and a day.        15

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