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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Valedictory
 
Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833–70)
 
 
LAY me low, my work is done,
  I am weary. Lay me low,
Where the wild flowers woo the sun,
  Where the balmy breezes blow,
Where the butterfly takes wing,        5
  Where the aspens, drooping, grow,
Where the young birds chirp and sing—
  I am weary, let me go.
 
I have striven hard and long
  In the world’s unequal fight,        10
Always to resist the wrong,
  Always to maintain the right.
Always with a stubborn heart,
  Taking, giving blow for blow;
Brother, I have played my part,        15
  And am weary, let me go.
 
Stern the world and bitter cold,
  Irksome, painful to endure;
Everywhere a love of gold,
  Nowhere pity for the poor.        20
Everywhere mistrust, disguise,
  Pride, hypocrisy, and show;
Draw the curtain, close mine eyes,
  I am weary, let me go.
 
Other chance when I am gone        25
  May restore the battle-call,
Bravely lead the good cause on
  Fighting in the which I fall.
God may quicken some true soul
  Here to take my place below        30
In the heroes’ muster roll—
  I am weary, let me go.
 
Shield and buckler, hang them up,
  Drape the standards on the wall,
I have drained the mortal cup        35
  To the finish, dregs and all;
When our work is done, ’t is best,
  Brother, best that we should go—
I am weary, let me rest,
  I am weary, lay me low.        40
 

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