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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Inscription for an Old Bed
By William Morris (1834–1896)
 
THE WIND ’s on the wold
And the night is a-cold,
And Thames runs chill
’Twixt mead and hill.
But kind and dear        5
Is the old house here
And my heart is warm
Midst winter’s harm.
Rest then and rest,
And think of the best        10
’Twixt summer and spring,
When all birds sing
In the town of the tree,
And ye lie in me
And scarce dare move,        15
Lest the earth and its love
Should fade away
Ere the full of the day.
I am old and have seen
Many things that have been;        20
Both grief and peace
And wane and increase.
No tale I tell
Of ill or well,
But this I say:        25
Night treadeth on day,
And for worst or best
Right good is rest.
 
 
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