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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Echoes from Theocritus
IV. The Epitaph of Eusthenes
By Edward Cracroft Lefroy (1855–1891)
 
A BARD is buried here, not strong, but sweet;
  A Teacher too, not great, but gently wise;
This modest stone (the burghers thought it meet)
  May tell the world where so much virtue lies.
His happy skill it was in mart and street        5
  To scan men’s faces with a true surmise,
Follow the spirit to its inmost seat,
  And read the soul reflected in the eyes.
 
No part had he in catholic renown,
  Which none but god-inspirèd poets share;        10
Not his to trail the philosophic gown,
  That only sages of the School may wear;
But his at least to fill an alien town
  With friends, who make his tomb their loving care.
 
 
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