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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Sit Down, Sad Soul
 
Barry Cornwall (1787–1874)
 
 
SIT down, sad soul, and count
  The moments flying:
Come,—tell the sweet amount
  That ’s lost by sighing!
How many smiles?—a score?        5
Then laugh, and count no more;
    For day is dying.
 
Lie down, sad soul, and sleep,
  And no more measure
The flight of Time, nor weep        10
  The loss of leisure;
But here, by this lone stream,
Lie down with us, and dream
    Of starry treasure.
 
We dream: do thou the same:        15
  We love—for ever;
We laugh; yet few we shame,
  The gentle, never.
Stay, then, till Sorrow dies;
Then—hope and happy skies        20
    Are thine for ever!
 

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