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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXIX. The Happy Dead
Athulf’s Song
By Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849)
 
From ‘Death’s Jest Book’

A CYPRESS-BOUGH, and a rose-wreath sweet,
    A wedding-robe, and a winding-sheet,
    A bridal-bed and a bier.
  Thine be the kisses, maid,
    And smiling Love’s alarms;        5
  And thou, pale youth, be laid
    In the grave’s cold arms.
    Each in his own charms,
  Death and Hymen both are here;
    So up with scythe and torch,        10
    And to the old church porch,
  While all the bells ring clear;
And rosy, rosy the bed shall bloom,
And earthy, earthy heap up the tomb.
 
 
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