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Bliss Carman, et al., eds. The World’s Best Poetry. 1904.

Poems of Home: IV. Youth

A Farewell

Charles Kingsley (1819–1875)

MY fairest child, I have no song to give you;

No lark could pipe to skies so dull and gray;

Yet, ere we part, one lesson I can leave you

For every day.

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever;

Do noble things, not dream them, all day long:

And so make life, death, and that vast forever

One grand, sweet song.