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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXXIV. Compensation
A Place of Burial in the South of Scotland
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
PART fenced by man, part by a ragged steep
That curbs a foaming brook, a Grave-yard lies;
The hare’s best couching-place for fearless sleep;
Which moonlit elves, far seen by credulous eyes,
Enter in dance. Of church, or sabbath ties,        5
No vestige now remains; yet thither creep
Bereft Ones, and in lowly anguish weep
Their prayers out to the wind and naked skies.
Proud tomb is none; but rudely-sculptured knights,
By humble choice of plain old times, are seen        10
Level with earth, among the hillocks green:
Union not sad, when sunny daybreak smites
The spangled turf, and neighbouring thickets ring
With jubilate from the choirs of spring!
 
 
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