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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1661. Youth
 
By George Cabot Lodge
 
 
IF I must die,
The earth is inarticulate to sing
The dirge I crave:
The sorrow of the murmur-laden wave,
The sea-born wind complaining ’neath the sky,        5
And round my head the waters’ silver ring.
 
If I must live,
And feel the ashes of oblivion
About my soul,
Let life be fearful, let me feel the whole,        10
Despair, and face the sunrise—if I grieve
Let it but be the tarrying of the sun.
 

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