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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XI. O Come Quickly
Obviam
By Thomas Edward Brown (1830–1897)
 
I NEEDS must meet him, for he hath beset
All roads that men do travel, hill and plain;
Nor aught that breathes shall pass
Unchallenged of his debt.
But what and if, when I shall whet        5
My front to meet him, then, as in a glass,
Darkly, I shall behold that he is twain—
Earthward a mask of jet,
Heavenward a coronet
Sun-flushed with roseate gleams—In any case        10
It hardly can be called a mortal pain
To meet whom met I ne’er shall meet again.
 
 
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