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In Memoriam A.H.H.

         
            XIV.
             
      If one should bring me this report,
          That thou hadst touch’d the land to-day,
          And I went down unto the quay,
      And found thee lying in the port;

      And standing, muffled round with woe,
          Should see thy passengers in rank
          Come stepping lightly down the plank,
      And beckoning unto those they know;

      And if along with these should come
          The man I held as half-divine;
          Should strike a sudden hand in mine,
      And ask a thousand things of home;

      And I should tell him all my pain,
          And how my life had droop’d of late,
          And he should sorrow o’er my state
      And marvel what possess’d my brain;

      And I perceived no touch of change,
          No hint of death in all his frame,
          But found him all in all the same,
      I should not feel it to be strange.
       


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