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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Miscellaneous Poems.
III. Cardinal Newman
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
“In the grave, whither thou goest.”

O WEARY Champion of the Cross, lie still:
  Sleep thou at length the all-embracing sleep:
  Long was thy sowing day, rest now and reap:
Thy fast was long, feast now thy spirit’s fill.
Yea, take thy fill of love, because thy will        5
  Chose love not in the shallows but the deep:
  Thy tides were springtides, set against the neap
Of calmer souls: thy flood rebuked their rill.
Now night has come to thee—please God, of rest:
  So some time must it come to every man;        10
    To first and last, where many last are first.
  Now fixed and finished thine eternal plan,
    Thy best has done its best, thy worst its worst:
Thy best its best, please God, thy best its best.
 
 
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