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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
All Sung
By Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947)
 
WHAT shall I sing when all is sung
  And every tale is told,
And in the world is nothing young
  That was not long since old?
 
Why should I fret unwilling ears        5
  With old things sung anew
While voices from the old dead year
  Still go on singing too?
 
A dead man singing of his maid
  Makes all my rhymes in vain,        10
Yet his poor lips must fade and fade,
  And mine shall sing again.
 
Why should I strive thro’ weary moons
  To make my music true?
Only the dead men know the tunes        15
  The live world dances to.
 
 
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