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Rupert Brooke (1887–1915).  Collected Poems. 1916.
  
VI. Other Poems
1. The Busy Heart
  
NOW that we’ve done our best and worst, and parted,
  I would fill my mind with thoughts that will not rend.
(O heart, I do not dare go empty-hearted)
  I’ll think of Love in books, Love without end;
Women with child, content; and old men sleeping;        5
  And wet strong ploughlands, scarred for certain grain;
And babes that weep, and so forget their weeping;
  And the young heavens, forgetful after rain;
And evening hush, broken by homing wings;
  And Song’s nobility, and Wisdom holy,       10
That live, we dead. I would think of a thousand things,
  Lovely and durable, and taste them slowly,
One after one, like tasting a sweet food.
I have need to busy my heart with quietude.

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