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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Death’s Final Conquest
By James Shirley (1596–1666)
 
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THE GARLANDS wither on your brow,
  Then boast no more your mighty deeds;
Upon death’s purple altar now,
  See where the victor-victim bleeds:
      All heads must come        5
      To the cold tomb;
  Only the actions of the just
  Smell sweet and blossom in the dust.
 
 
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