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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Old
By Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel (1834–1894)
 
THEY are waiting on the shore
  For the bark to take them home:
They will toil and grieve no more;
  The hour for release hath come.
 
All their long life lies behind        5
  Like a dimly blending dream:
There is nothing left to bind
  To the realms that only seem.
 
They are waiting for the boat;
  There is nothing left to do:        10
What was near them grows remote,
  Happy silence falls like dew;
Now the shadowy bark is come,
And the weary may go home.
 
By still water they would rest        15
  In the shadow of the tree:
After battle sleep is best,
  After noise, tranquillity.
 
 
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