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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Stanzas Written in His Library
By Robert Southey (1774–1843)
 
1.
MY days among the Dead are past;
  Around me I behold,
Where’er these casual eyes are cast
  The mighty minds of old;
My never failing friends are they,        5
With whom I converse day by day.
 
2.
With them I take delight in weal,
  And seek relief in woe;
And while I understand and feel
  How much to them I owe,        10
My cheeks have often been bedew’d
With tears of thoughtful gratitude.
 
3.
My thoughts are with the Dead, with them
  I live in long-past years,
Their virtues love, their faults condemn,        15
  Partake their hopes and fears,
And from their lessons seek and find
Instruction with an humble mind.
 
4.
My hopes are with the Dead, anon
  My place with them will be,        20
And I with them shall travel on
  Through all Futurity;
Yet leaving here a name, I trust,
That will not perish in the dust.
 
 
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