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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XI. O Come Quickly
‘Go away, Death’
By Alfred Austin (1835–1913)
 
    GO away, Death!
        You have come too soon.
To sunshine and song I but just awaken,
And the dew on my heart is undried and unshaken;
        Come back at noon.        5
 
    Go away, Death!
        What a short reprieve!
The mists of the morning have vanished, I roam
Through a world bright with wonder, and feel it home;
        Come back at eve.        10
 
    Go away, Death!
        See, it still is light.
Over earth broods a quiet more blissful than glee,
And the beauty of sadness lies low on the sea;
        Come back at night.        15
 
    Come to me, Death!
        I no more would stay.
The night-owl hath silenced the linnet and lark,
And the wailing of wisdom sounds sad in the dark;
        Take me away.        20
 
 
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