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In Memoriam A.H.H.

         
            LXXXII.
             
      I wage not any feud with Death
          For changes wrought on form and face;
          No lower life that earth’s embrace
      May breed with him, can fright my faith.

      Eternal process moving on,
          From state to state the spirit walks;
          And these are but the shatter’d stalks,
      Or ruin’d chrysalis of one.

      Nor blame I Death, because he bare
          The use of virtue out of earth:
          I know transplanted human worth
      Will bloom to profit, otherwhere.

      For this alone on Death I wreak
          The wrath that garners in my heart;
          He put our lives so far apart
      We cannot hear each other speak.
       


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