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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XI. O Come Quickly
By Richard Crashaw (c. 1613–1649)
WOULD’ST see blithe looks, fresh cheeks, beguile
Age? would’st see December smile?
Would’st see nests of new roses grow
In a bed of reverend snow?
Warm thoughts, free spirits, flattering        5
Winter’s self into a Spring?
In sum, would’st see a man that can
Live to be old, and still a man?
Whose latest and most leaden hours
Fall with soft wings, stuck with soft flowers;        10
And when life’s sweet fable ends,
Soul and body part like friends;
No quarrels, murmurs, no delay—
A kiss, a sigh, and so—away;—
This rare one, reader, would’st thou see?        15
Hark hither!—and thyself be he.

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