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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Robert Nichols. 1893–
 
171. Nearer
 
NEARER and ever nearer... 
My body, tired but tense, 
Hovers 'twixt vague pleasure 
And tremulous confidence. 
  
Arms to have and to use them         5
And a soul to be made 
Worthy, if not worthy; 
If afraid, unafraid. 
  
To endure for a little, 
To endure and have done:  10
Men I love about me, 
Over me the sun! 
  
And should at last suddenly 
Fly the speeding death, 
The four great quarters of heaven  15
Receive this little breath. 
 
 
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