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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Hartley Coleridge. 1796–1849
645. Early Death
SHE pass'd away like morning dew 
  Before the sun was high; 
So brief her time, she scarcely knew 
  The meaning of a sigh. 
As round the rose its soft perfume,         5
  Sweet love around her floated; 
Admired she grew—while mortal doom 
  Crept on, unfear'd, unnoted. 
Love was her guardian Angel here, 
  But Love to Death resign'd her;  10
Tho' Love was kind, why should we fear 
  But holy Death is kinder? 

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