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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XXVI. Melancholy
On the Death of Katharine Kingscourt
By John Oldham (1653–1683)
EARTH was unworthy such a prize as this,
Only a while Heav’n let us share the bliss;
In vain her stay with fruitless tears we’d woo,
In vain we’d court, when that our rival grew.
Thanks, ye kind Powers! who did so long dispense        5
(Since you so wished her) with her absence thence:
We now resign, to you alone we grant
The sweet monopoly of such a saint;
So pure a saint. I scarce dare call her so,
For fear to wrong her with a name too low;        10
Such a seraphic brightness in her shined,
I hardly can believe her womankind.

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