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In Memoriam A.H.H.

         
            LXXVI.
             
      Take wings of fancy, and ascend,
          And in a moment set thy face
          Where all the starry heavens of space
      Are sharpen’d to a needle’s end;

      Take wings of foresight; lighten thro’
          The secular abyss to come,
          And lo, thy deepest lays are dumb
      Before the mouldering of a yew;

      And if the matin songs, that woke
          The darkness of our planet, last,
          Thine own shall wither in the vast,
      Ere half the lifetime of an oak.

      Ere these have clothed their branchy bowers
          With fifty Mays, thy songs are vain;
          And what are they when these remain
      The ruin’d shells of hollow towers?
       


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