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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
A. L. Barbauld
 
CLXV. "Life! I know not what thou art"
 
LIFE! I know not what thou art, 
But know that thou and I must part; 
And when, or how, or where we met 
I own to me's a secret yet. 
  
  Life! we've been long together,         5
Through pleasant and through cloudy weather; 
'Tis hard to part when friends are dear— 
Perhaps 'twill cost a sigh, a tear; 
—Then steal away, give little warning, 
Choose thine own time;  10
Say not Good-night—but in some brighter clime 
  Bid me Good-morning. 
 
 
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