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In Memoriam A.H.H.

         
            XLVIII.
             
      If these brief lays, of Sorrow born,
          Were taken to be such as closed
          Grave doubts and answers here proposed,
      Then these were such as men might scorn:

      Her care is not to part and prove;
          She takes, when harsher moods remit,
          What slender shade of doubt may flit,
      And makes it vassal unto love:

      And hence, indeed, she sports with words,
          But better serves a wholesome law,
          And holds it sin and shame to draw
      The deepest measure from the chords:

      Nor dare she trust a larger lay,
          But rather loosens from the lip
          Short swallow-flights of song, that dip
      Their wings in tears, and skim away.
       


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