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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Thomas Lovell Beddoes. 1803–1849
  
666. Wolfram's Dirge
  
IF thou wilt ease thine heart 
Of love and all its smart, 
  Then sleep, dear, sleep; 
And not a sorrow 
  Hang any tear on your eyelashes;         5
    Lie still and deep, 
  Sad soul, until the sea-wave washes 
The rim o' the sun to-morrow, 
    In eastern sky. 
 
But wilt thou cure thine heart  10
Of love and all its smart, 
  Then die, dear, die; 
'Tis deeper, sweeter, 
  Than on a rose-bank to lie dreaming 
    With folded eye;  15
  And there alone, amid the beaming 
Of Love's stars, thou'lt meet her 
    In eastern sky. 
 
 
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