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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
958. Quatrains
 
By John Banister Tabb
 
 
THE BUBBLE

WHY should I stay? Nor seed nor fruit have I.
  But, sprung at once to beauty’s perfect round,
  Nor loss, nor gain, nor change in me is found,—
A life—complete in death—complete to die.
 
BECALMED

THE BAR is crossed; but Death—the pilot—stands
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  In seeming doubt before the tranquil deep;
The fathom-line still trembling in his hands,
  As when upon the treacherous shoals of sleep.
 
FAME

THEIR noonday never knows
  What names immortal are:        10
’T is night alone that shows
  How star surpasseth star.
 

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