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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
January 18
To Austin Dobson
By Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
(Born Jan. 18, 1840)

LAUREATE of the Gentle Heart!
Only art like your art,
Limpid, gracious, happy-phrased,
Could praise you as you should be praised,
Many a lyric you have writ,        5
Grave with pathos, gay with wit,
Or conceived in larger mood,
Shall outlast the clattering brood
That usurp our noisy day;
Shall, that all that’s noble, stay        10
In our well-loved English tongue
Till the ending song is sung;
For no purer tone was heard
Since men sought Beauty and the Word.

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