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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Weep Not To-day
By Robert Bridges (1844–1930)
 
WEEP not to-day: why should this sadness be?
      Learn in present fears
      To o’ermaster those tears
      That unhinder’d conquer thee.
 
Think on thy past valour, thy future praise:        5
      Up, sad heart, nor faint
      In ungracious complaint,
      Or a prayer for better days.
 
Daily thy life shortens, the grave’s dark peace
      Draweth surely nigh,        10
      When good-night is good-bye;
      For the sleeping shall not cease.
 
Fight, to be found fighting: nor far away
      Deem, nor strange thy doom.
      Like this sorrow ’twill come,        15
      And the day will be to-day.
 
 
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