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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXXV. Consolation
Influence of Time on Grief
By William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)
 
O TIME! who know’st a lenient hand to lay
  Softest on sorrow’s wound, and slowly thence,
  (Lulling to sad repose the weary sense)
The faint pang stealest unperceived away;
On thee I rest my only hope at last,        5
  And think, when thou hast dried the bitter tear
  That flows in vain o’er all my soul held dear,
I may look back on every sorrow past,
And meet life’s peaceful evening with a smile;—
  As some lone bird, at day’s departing hour,        10
  Sings in the sunbeam, of the transient shower
Forgetful, though its wings are wet the while:—
Yet ah! how much must that poor heart endure,
Which hopes from thee, and thee alone, a cure!
 
 
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