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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935).  Collected Poems. 1921.
  
V. The Town Down the River
13. Exit
  
FOR what we owe to other days,
Before we poisoned him with praise,
May we who shrank to find him weak
Remember that he cannot speak.
 
For envy that we may recall,        5
And for our faith before the fall,
May we who are alive be slow
To tell what we shall never know.
 
For penance he would not confess,
And for the fateful emptiness       10
Of early triumph undermined,
May we now venture to be kind.

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