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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XII. Love and Death
To Castara
By William Habington (1605–1654)
 
WHY should we fear to melt away in death?
May we but die together. When beneath,
In a cool vault we sleep, the world will prove
Religious, and call it the shrine of Love.
There, when o’ th’ wedding eve some beauteous maid,        5
Suspicious of the faith of man, hath paid
The tribute of her vows; o’ th’ sudden she
Two violets sprouting from the tomb will see:
And cry out, ‘Ye sweet emblems of their zeal
Who live below, sprang ye up to reveal        10
The story of our future joys, how we,
The faithful patterns of their love shall be?
  If not, hang down your heads opprest with dew,
  And I will weep and wither hence with you.’
 
 
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