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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Oceanica: Vol. XXXI.  1876–79.
 
Various Islands: Madeira
Inscription for the Grave of Anna D’Arfet
Robert à Machin
 
(Translated by W. L. Bowles, from The Spirit of Discovery by Sea)

O’ER my poor Anna’s lowly grave
  No dirge shall sound, no knell shall ring;
But angels, as the high pines wave,
  Their half-heard “Miserere” sing.
 
No flowers of transient bloom at eve        5
  The maidens on the turf shall strew;
Nor sigh, as the sad spot they leave,
  Sweets to the sweet! a long adieu!
 
But in this wilderness profound,
  O’er her the dove shall build her nest;        10
And ocean swell with softer sound
  A requiem to her dreams of rest!
 
Ah! when shall I as quiet be,
  When not a friend, or human eye,
Shall mark beneath the mossy tree        15
  The spot where we forgotten lie?
 
To kiss her name on the cold stone
  Is all that now on earth I crave;
For in this world I am alone,—
  O, lay me with her in the grave!        20
 
 
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