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In Memoriam A.H.H.

         
            LXXX.
             
      If any vague desire should rise,
          That holy Death ere Arthur died
          Had moved me kindly from his side,
      And dropt the dust on tearless eyes;

      Then fancy shapes, as fancy can,
          The grief my loss in him had wrought,
          A grief as deep as life or thought,
      But stay’d in peace with God and man.

      I make a picture in the brain;
          I hear the sentence that he speaks;
          He bears the burthen of the weeks
      But turns his burthen into gain.

      His credit thus shall set me free;
          And, influence-rich to soothe and save,
          Unused example from the grave
      Reach out dead hands to comfort me.
       


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