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Death stands above me, whispering low
I know not what into my ear:
Of his strange language all I know
Is, there is not a word of fear.

 

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Borgia, thou once wert almost too august
And high for adoration; now thou’rt dust;
All that remains of thee these plaits unfold,
Calm hair, meandering in pellucid gold.

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Ah, what avails the sceptred race,
Ah, what the form divine!
What every virtue, every grace!
Rose Aylmer, all were thine.
Rose Aylmer, whom these wakeful eyes
May weep, but never see,
A night of memories and of sighs
I consecrate to thee.

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This quote is in An Anthology of Famous English and American Poetry
about the poem: “It was inspired by news of the death in India of Rose,
the daughter of Henry, Baron Aylmer, who had been Landor’s devoted
friend during the poet’s early years in Wales.”

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Mother, I cannot mind my wheel;
My fingers ache, my lips are dry:
Oh! if you felt the pain I feel!
But oh, who ever felt as I! 

No longer could I doubt him true,
All other men may use deceit;
He always said my eyes were blue,
And often swore my lips were sweet.

 

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Dying Speech Of An Old Philosopher 

I strove with none, for none was worth my strife:
   Nature I loved, and, next to Nature, Art:
I warm’d both hands before the fire of Life;
   It sinks; and I am ready to depart.

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photo by Jasper Greek Lao Golangco at http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/myzKAnq/fire

 

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No Truer Word

No truer word, save God’s, was ever spoken,
Than that the largest heart is soonest broken.

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On Every Human Thing

On love, on grief, on every human thing,
Time sprinkles Lethe’s water with his wing.

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*Lethe’s water – “afterworld river of forgetfulness”

 

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