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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
William Drummond, of Hawthornden. 1585–1649
  
229. Her Passing
  
    THE beauty and the life 
    Of life's and beauty's fairest paragon 
—O tears! O grief!—hung at a feeble thread 
To which pale Atropos had set her knife; 
    The soul with many a groan         5
    Had left each outward part, 
And now did take his last leave of the heart: 
Naught else did want, save death, ev'n to be dead; 
When the afflicted band about her bed, 
Seeing so fair him come in lips, cheeks, eyes,  10
Cried, 'Ah! and can Death enter Paradise?' 
 
 
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