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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
In Memory of James T. Fields
By John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
 
AS a guest who may not stay
Long and sad farewells to say
Glides with smiling face away,
 
Of the sweetness and the zest
Of thy happy life possess’d        5
Thou hast left us at thy best.
 
Keep for us, O friend, where’er
Thou art waiting, all that here
Made thy earthly presence dear;
 
Something of thy pleasant past        10
On a ground of wonder cast,
In the stiller waters glass’d!
 
Keep the human heart of thee;
Let the mortal only be
Clothed in immortality.        15
 
And when fall our feet as fell
Thine upon the asphodel,
Let thy old smile greet us well.
 
 
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