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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919).  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse.  1903.
 
“A Vain Shadow”
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
THE WORLD,—what a world, ah me!
  Mouldy, worm-eaten, gray;
Vain as a leaf from a tree,
  As a fading day,
As veriest vanity,        5
  As the froth and the spray
Of the hollow-billowed sea,
As what was and shall not be,
  As what is and passes away.
 
 
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