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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
His Face Was Lit
By W. Stewart Wallace
HIS face was lit with the hope of youth,
  His innocence lived in his heart;
And the fault, the guilt, the shame, in sooth,
  ’Twere right to tell apart.
The son of a landed line, he came        5
  And stood in the midst of the years;
Oh, whose is the fault, the guilt, the shame,
  That a mother is put to tears?
A girl came up and won his soul,
  Innocent, clean, and pure;        10
And the fault, the guilt, the shame, as a whole,
  Belonged to the girl, be sure.
The serpent lives and he will not die,
  For he’s damned to endless life;
But the fault, the guilt, the shame, I cry,        15
  Was Hers in the Garden Strife.
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