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In Memoriam A.H.H.

         
            XXXV.
             
      Yet if some voice that man could trust
          Should murmur from the narrow house,
          ‘The cheeks drop in; the body bows;
      Man dies: nor is there hope in dust:’

      Might I not say? ‘Yet even here,
          But for one hour, O Love, I strive
          To keep so sweet a thing alive:’
      But I should turn mine ears and hear

      The moanings of the homeless sea,
          The sound of streams that swift or slow
          Draw down Æonian hills, and sow
      The dust of continents to be;

      And Love would answer with a sigh,
          ‘The sound of that forgetful shore
          Will change my sweetness more and more,
      Half-dead to know that I shall die.’

      O me, what profits it to put
          And idle case? If Death were seen
          At first as Death, Love had not been,
      Or been in narrowest working shut,

      Mere fellowship of sluggish moods,
          Or in his coarsest Satyr-shape
          Had bruised the herb and crush’d the grape,
      And bask’d and batten’d in the woods.
       


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