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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XVII. Bereavement
From ‘Talamon and Arcite’
By Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)

‘ALLAS, the wo! allas, the peynes stronge,
That I for yow have suffred, and so longe!
Allas, the deeth! allas, myn Emelye!
Allas, departing of our companye!
Allas, myn hertes quene! allas, my wyf!        5
Myn hertes lady, endere of my lyf!
What is this world? what asketh men to have?
Now with his love, now in his colde grave
Allone, with-outen any companye.
Far-wel, my swete fo! myn Emelye!’        10

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