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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XXVII. Vain Longing
On the Death of Mr. West
By Thomas Gray (1716–1771)
IN vain to me the smiling mornings shine,
  And redd’ning Phoebus lifts his golden fire;
The birds in vain their amorous descant join,
  Or cheerful fields resume their green attire:
These ears, alas! for other notes repine,        5
  A different object do these eyes require;
My lonely anguish melts no heart but mine,
  And in my breast the imperfect joys expire.
Yet morning smiles the busy race to cheer,
  And new-born pleasure brings to happier men:        10
The fields to all their wonted tribute bear;
  To warm their little loves the birds complain:
I fruitless mourn to him that cannot hear,
  And weep the more because I weep in vain.

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