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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XXXIV. Compensation
Beauty’s Metempsychosis
By William Watson (1858–1935)
      THAT beauty such as thine
        Should die indeed,
Were ordinance too wantonly malign!
No wit may reconcile so cold a creed
      With beauty such as thine.        5
      From wave and star and flower
        Some effluence rare
Was lent thee, a divine but transient dower:
Thou yield’st it back from eyes and lips and hair
      To wave and star and flower.        10
      Shouldst thou to-morrow die,
        Thou still shalt be
Found in the rose and met in all the sky:
And from the ocean’s heart shalt sing to me,
      Shouldst thou to-morrow die.        15

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