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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Salve!
By Thomas Edward Brown (1830–1897)
 
TO live within a cave—it is most good;
    But, if God make a day,
    And some one come, and say,
‘Lo! I have gather’d faggots in the wood!’
    E’en let him stay,        5
And light a fire, and fan a temporal mood!
 
So sit till morning! when the light is grown
    That he the path can read,
    Then bid the man God-speed!
His morning is not thine: yet must thou own        10
They have a cheerful warmth—those ashes on the stone.
 
 
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