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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XIII. Farewell
Song: ‘Girls, when I am gone away’
By Edward Dowden (1843–1913)
 
GIRLS, when I am gone away,
  On this bosom strew
Only flowers meek and pale,
  And the yew.
 
Lay these hands down by my side,        5
  Let my face be bare;
Bind a kerchief round the face,
  Smooth my hair.
 
Let my bier be borne at dawn,
  Summer grows so sweet,        10
Deep into the forest green
  Where boughs meet.
 
Then pass away, and let me lie
  One long, warm, sweet day
There alone with face upturn’d,        15
  One sweet day.
 
While the morning light grows broad,
  While noon sleepeth sound,
While the evening falls and faints,
  While the world goes round.        20
 
 
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