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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Man’s Days
By Eden Phillpotts (1862–1960)
A SUDDEN wakin’, a sudden weepin’,
A li’l suckin’, a li’l sleepin’;
A cheel’s full joys an’ a cheel’s short sorrows,
Wi’ a power o’ faith in gert to-morrows.
Young blood red-hot an’ the love of a maid,        5
One glorious day as’ll never fade;
Some shadows, some sunshine, some triumphs, some tears,
And a gatherin’ weight o’ the flyin’ years.
Then old man’s talk o’ the days behind ’e,
Your darter’s youngest darter to mind ’e;        10
A li’l dreamin’, a li’l dyin’:
A li’l lew corner o’ airth to lie in.

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