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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Thomas Lovell Beddoes 1803–49

Songs from “Death’s Jest-Book.” IV. Second Dirge


WE do lie beneath the grass

In the moonlight, in the shade

Of the yew-tree. They that pass

Hear us not. We are afraid

They would envy our delight,

In our graves by glow-worm night.

Come follow us, and smile as we;

We sail to the rock in the ancient waves,

Where the snow falls by thousands into the sea,

And the drown’d and the shipwreck’d have happy graves.