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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Earth to Earth
 
Michael Field
 
 
I STOOD to hear that bold
Sentence of grit and mould,
  Earth to earth; they thrust
  On his coffin dust;
Stones struck against his grave:        5
Oh, the old days, the brave!
 
Just with a pebble’s fall,
Grave-digger, you turn all
  Bliss to bereaving;
  To catch the cleaving        10
Of Atropa’s fine shears
Would less hurt human ears.
 
Live senses that death dooms!
For friendship in dear rooms,
  Slow-lighting faces,        15
  Hand-clasps, embraces,
Ashes on ashes grind:
Oh, poor lips left behind!
 

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