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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935).  Collected Poems. 1921.
  
III. Captain Craig, Etc.
14. Cortège
  
FOUR o’clock this afternoon,
Fifteen hundred miles away:
So it goes, the crazy tune,
So it pounds and hums all day
 
Four o’clock this afternoon,        5
Earth will hide them far away:
Best they go to go so soon,
Best for them the grave to-day.
 
Had she gone but half so soon,
Half the world had passed away.       10
Four o’clock this afternoon,
Best for them they go to-day.
 
Four o’clock this afternoon
Love will hide them deep, they say;
Love that made the grave so soon,       15
Fifteen hundred miles away.
 
Four o’clock this afternoon—
Ah, but they go slow to-day:
Slow to suit my crazy tune,
Past the need of all we say.       20
 
Best it came to come so soon,
Best for them they go to-day:
Four o’clock this afternoon,
Fifteen hundred miles away.

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