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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XIII. Farewell
Dirge of the Gipsies
By Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
 
WASTED, weary, wherefore stay,
Wrestling thus with earth and clay?
From the body pass away;—
    Hark! the mass is singing.
 
From thee doff thy mortal weed,        5
Mary Mother be thy speed,
Saints to help thee at thy need;—
    Hark! the knell is ringing.
 
Fear not snowdrift driving fast,
Sleet, or hail, or levin blast;        10
Soon the shroud shall lap thee fast,
And the sleep be on thee cast
    That shall ne’er know waking.
 
Haste thee, haste thee, to be gone,
Earth flits fast, and time draws on,—        15
Gasp thy gasp, and groan thy groan,
    Day is near the breaking.
 
 
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