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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
At the Grave of Champernowne
By John Albee (1833–1915)
 
HERE poise, like flowers on flowers, the butterflies;
  The grasshopper on crookèd crutch leaps up,
  The wild bees hum above the clover cup,
The fox-grape wreathes the fence in green disguise
  Of ruin; and antique plants set out in tears,        5
Pink, guelder-rose, and myrtle’s purple bells
  Struggle ’mid grass and their own wasting years
To show the grave that no inscription tells.
 
Here rest the bones of Francis Champernowne;
  The blazonry of Norman kings he bore;        10
His fathers builded many a tower and town,
  And after Senlac England’s lords. Now o’er
His island cairn the lonesome forests frown,
  And sailless seas beat the untrodden shore.
 
 
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