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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
 
Descriptive Poems: I. Personal: Great Writers
To the Memory of Thomas Hood
Bartholomew Simmons (1804–1850)
 
TAKE back into thy bosom, earth,
  This joyous, May-eyed morrow,
The gentlest child that ever mirth
  Gave to be reared by sorrow!
’T is hard—while rays half green, half gold,        5
  Through vernal bowers are burning,
And streams their diamond mirrors hold
  To Summer’s face returning—
To say we’re thankful that his sleep
  Shall nevermore be lighter,        10
In whose sweet-tongued companionship
  Stream, bower, and beam grow brighter!
 
But all the more intensely true
  His soul gave out each feature
Of elemental love,—each hue        15
  And grace of golden nature,—
The deeper still beneath it all
  Lurked the keen jags of anguish;
The more the laurels clasped his brow
  Their poison made it languish.        20
Seemed it that, like the nightingale
  Of his own mournful singing,
The tenderer would his song prevail
  While most the thorn was stinging.
 
So never to the desert-worn        25
  Did fount bring freshness deeper
Than that his placid rest this morn
  Has brought the shrouded sleeper.
That rest may lap his weary head
  Where charnels choke the city,        30
Or where, mid woodlands, by his bed
  The wren shall wake its ditty;
But near or far, while evening’s star
  Is dear to heart’s regretting,
Around that spot admiring thought        35
  Shall hover, unforgetting.
 
 
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