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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XIX. The Shrouding
To Bearers
By Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (1863–1944)
 
MAIDS, carry her forth—your dead,
  Your pale young queen;
Two at her feet, two at her head,
  And four between.—
Not as we wanted it,        5
But as God granted it.
 
Not now to the swinging chime,
  To the organ swell,
Keep we the rank, treading in time—
  But one dull bell.        10
Open the gates for her!
The Bridegroom waits for her.
 
We never had dreamed it so:
  But she—she knew;
Walking aloof, placid of brow        15
  Her short life through
Scornful, in surety
Guarding her purity.
 
Buds born for the bridal path
  Cover her breast:        20
Babes of the dream now that she hath
  Sleep in her rest.
Our peace above her let
Fall for her coverlet.
 
 
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