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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XXXV. Consolation
Stanzas for Music
By Lord Byron (1788–1824)
BRIGHT be the place of thy soul!
  No lovelier spirit than thine
E’er burst from its mortal control,
  In the orbs of the blessed to shine.
On earth thou wert all but divine,        5
  As thy soul shall immortally be;
And our sorrow may cease to repine
  When we know that thy God is with thee
Light be the turf of thy tomb!
  May its verdure like emeralds be!        10
There should not be the shadow of gloom
  In aught that reminds us of thee.
Young flowers and an evergreen tree
  May spring from the spot of thy rest:
But nor cypress nor yew let us see;        15
  For why should we mourn for the blest?

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