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In Memoriam A.H.H.

         
            LIX.
             
      O Sorrow, wilt thou live with me
          No casual mistress, but a wife,
          My bosom-friend and half of life;
      As I confess it needs must be;

      O Sorrow, wilt thou rule my blood,
          Be sometimes lovely like a bride,
          And put thy harsher moods aside,
      If thou wilt have me wise and good.

      My centred passion cannot move,
          Nor will it lessen from to-day;
          But I’ll have leave at times to play
      As with the creature of my love;

      And set thee forth, for thou art mine,
          With so much hope for years to come,
          That, howsoe’er I know thee, some
      Could hardly tell what name were thine.
       


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