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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Life
 
Charles Swain (1803–74)
 
 
LIFE’S not our own,—’t is but a loan
      To be repaid;
Soon the dark Comer’s at the door,
The debt is due: the dream is o’er,—
      Life’s but a shade.        5
 
Thus all decline that bloom or shine,
      Both star and flower;
’T is but a little odor shed,
A light gone out, a spirit fled,
      A funeral hour.        10
 
Then let us show a tranquil brow
      Whate’er befalls;
That we upon life’s latest brink
May look on Death’s dark face,—and think
      An angel calls.        15
 

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