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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
By Thomas Toke Lynch (1818–1871)
WHEN little boys with merry noise
  In the meadows shout and run;
And little girls, sweet woman buds,
  Brightly open in the sun;
I may not of the world despair,        5
  Our God despaireth not, I see;
For blithesomer in Eden’s air
  These lads and maidens could not be.
Why were they born, if Hope must die?
  Wherefore this health, if Truth should fail?        10
And why such Joy, if Misery
  Be conquering us and must prevail?
Arouse! our spirit may not droop!
  These young ones fresh from Heaven are;
Our God hath sent another troop,        15
  And means to carry on the war.

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