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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
The Epicurean
By Sir Francis Hastings Doyle (1810–1888)
UPON an everlasting tide
  Into the silent seas we go;
But verdure laughs along the side,
  And on the margin roses blow.
Nor life, nor death, nor aught they hold        5
  Rate thou above their natural height:
Yet learn that all our eyes behold
  Has value, if we mete it right.
Pluck then the flowers that line the stream,
  Instead of fighting with its power:        10
But pluck as flowers, not gems, nor deem
  That they will bloom beyond their hour.
Whate’er betides, from day to day
  An even pulse and spirit keep;
And like a child worn out with play,        15
  When wearied with existence, sleep.

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