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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Oscar Wilde. 1856–1900
 
19. Requiescat
 
TREAD lightly, she is near 
    Under the snow, 
Speak gently, she can hear 
    The daisies grow. 
  
All her bright golden hair         5
    Tarnished with rust, 
She that was young and fair 
    Fallen to dust. 
  
Lily-like, white as snow, 
    She hardly knew  10
She was a woman, so 
    Sweetly she grew. 
  
Coffin-board, heavy stone, 
    Lie on her breast; 
I vex my heart alone,  15
    She is at rest. 
  
Peace, peace; she cannot hear 
    Lyre or sonnet; 
All my life's buried here, 
    Heap earth upon it.  20
 
 
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