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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Le Roi est Mort
By Agnes Mary Frances Duclaux (Robinson-Darmesteter) (1857–1944)
AND shall I weep that Love ’s no more,
  And magnify his reign?
Sure never mortal man before
  Would have his grief again.
Farewell the long-continued ache,        5
The days a-dream, the nights awake,
I will rejoice and merry make,
  And never more complain.
King Love is dead and gone for aye,
  Who ruled with might and main,        10
For with a bitter word one day,
  I found my tyrant slain:
And he in Heathenesse was bred,
Nor ever was baptized, ’tis said,
Nor is of any creed, and dead        15
  Can never rise again.

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