The Book of Sorrow
When dreamless rest is mine I shall not need / The tenderness for which I long to-night.
—‘If I should die to-night,’ ll. 31–2.
Arabella E.

The Book of Sorrow

Edited by Andrew Macphail

This unique anthology of 528 classified selections span the complete spectrum of the darker mood in poetic expression.

Bibliographic Record Preface



I. Serenity
In Memoriam R. G. C. B., 1878 by William Ernest Henley
Chorus from ‘Medea’ by Lord de Tabley (John Byrne Leicester Warren)
Death by George Pellew
In Beechwood Cemetery by Archibald Lampman
Fear no more the heat o’ the sun’ by William Shakespeare
As sometimes in a dead man’s face’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Do we indeed desire the dead’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Memories of Lincoln by Walt Whitman
Sleep is a death’ by Sir Thomas Browne
Beside the Dead by Ina Donna Coolbrith
I. M. Margaritae Sororis, 1886 by William Ernest Henley
From ‘The Daemon of the world’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Life and Death by Sir William Davenant
II. Rest
Rest by Christina Georgina Rossetti
One Dead by John William Inchbold
As thus Oppressed’ by Henry Kirke White
Buona Notte by Francis Thompson
And more, to lulle him in his slumber soft’ by Edmund Spenser
Waiting for the Morning by John Henry Newman
Ex humo—Anonymous
Where shall the lover rest’ by Sir Walter Scott
Dirge by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
When we are all asleep by Robert Buchanan
III. Oblivion
To the Forgotten Dead by Margaret L. Woods
Gentlemen-Rankers by Rudyard Kipling
Death by Archibald Lampman
The Death of Puck by Eugene Lee-Hamilton
Sonnet: ‘No more these passion-worn faces shall men’s eyes’ by Oliver Madox Brown
Sic Vita by Henry King
Madrigal by William Drummond of Hawthornden
Come, heavy souls, oppressèd with the weight’ by William Strode
Slow, slow, fresh fount, keep time with my salt tears’ by Ben Jonson
Alas! alas! when in a garden fair’ by Moschus
Rondeau by Henry Austin Dobson
Come, fill the Cup, and in the fire of Spring’ by Edward Fitzgerald
IV. Inevitable
Death the Leveller by James Shirley
Warwick’s Death by William Shakespeare
Were I a King’ by Edward Vere, Earl of Oxford
The Genius of Death by George Croly
Upon a Funeral by Sir John Beaumont
The Night Cometh by John McCrae
O Sorrow, alas, sith Sorrow is thy name’ by Thomas Sackville, Earl of Dorset
The Pastime of Pleasure, Cap. xli by Stephen Hawes
Inscription in Melrose Abbey—Anonymous
From ‘Elegy written in a Country Churchyard’ by Thomas Gray
The mad days that I have spent’ by William Shakespeare
Come, cheerful day’ by Thomas Campion
Upon a Passing Bell by Thomas Washbourne
From ‘Elegy to the Memory of an unfortunate Lady’ by Alexander Pope
Three Poems. i. The Flute by Florence Randal Livesay
    ii. Storm by Florence Randal Livesay
    iii. The Recruit by Florence Randal Livesay
Of Man’s Mortalitie. 1629 by Simon Wastell (?)
All things will die by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Virtue by George Herbert
To Daffodils by Robert Herrick
The Hour of Death by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
A Dirge by John Webster
Go, lovely Rose by Edmund Waller
In Time of Pestilence, 1593 by Thomas Nashe
Lament for the Makaris by William Dunbar
V. The Sting of Death
The Dying Christian to His Soul by Alexander Pope
Timor Mortis conturbat me’ by Sir Noël Paton
The Great Misgiving by William Watson
Death by Thomas Hood
VI. The Grave’s Triumph
The Grave by Robert Blair
Sonnet: ‘Ye hasten to the grave! What seek ye there’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sonnet: ‘As, in a dusky and tempestuous night’ by William Drummond of Hawthornden
The Choice by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Be absolute for death; either death or life’ by William Shakespeare
O Earth! art thou not weary’ by Julia C. R. Dorr
At an Unmarked Mound by Alexander Macphail
A Saxon Epitaph by Marjorie L. C. Pickthall
In Autumn by Arthur Reed Ropes (“Adrian Ross”)
VII. The Tyrant
Coelia’s Speech, in the Tragedy of Croesus by William Alexander, Earl of Stirling
The Rose by Sir Richard Fanshawe
In Praise of Chaucer by Thomas Hoccleve
Life and Death, 1460?—Anonymous
From ‘To the Memory of Mrs. Anne Killigrew’ by John Dryden
VIII. Victory
Death by John Donne
Sonnet: ‘Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth’ by William Shakespeare
Epitaph on the Countess Dowager of Pembroke by William Browne
On his Friend, Joseph Rodman Drake by Fitz-Greene Halleck
To my Friend F. A. B. by Beatrice Cregan
On his own Death by Walter Savage Landor
Lieut. Warneford, V.C. by Bowyer Nichols
Finis by Walter Savage Landor
IX. The Sadness of It
The Sad Day by Thomas Flatman
Come not, when I am dead’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
In the Shadows by David Gray
If I should die to-night’ by Arabella E. Smith
When I beneath the cold red earth am sleeping’ by William Motherwell
On Molière by Andrew Lang
Requiescat by Rosamund Marriott Watson
Come away, come away, death’ by William Shakespeare
The Soldier’s Death-bed by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
The Young Girl by Andrew Macphail
X. The Pity of It
The Mother who died too by Edith Matilda Thomas
Mimma Bella by Eugene Lee-Hamilton
The Land of Dreams by William Blake
When Bessie died’ by James Whitcomb Riley
Child of a day’ by Walter Savage Landor
Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy by Ben Jonson
Upon a Child by Robert Herrick
On the Death of a fair Infant by John Milton
On an Infant dying as soon as born by Charles Lamb
Afterwards by Duncan Campbell Scott
Sonnet: ‘Sweet soul, which in the April of thy years’ by William Drummond of Hawthornden
Of my dear son Gervase by Sir John Beaumont
We too shall sleep by Archibald Lampman
Casa Wappy by David Macbeth Moir
To the Memory of Elizabeth Nevell by Sir John Beaumont
O God, to Thee I yield’ by Thomas Edward Brown
Is the Grave deep, Dear?’ by Richard Realf
Vespers by Thomas Edward Brown
From ‘Venus and Adonis’ by William Shakespeare
From ‘The Princess’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Vesta by John Greenleaf Whittier
Hester by Charles Lamb
Evelyn Hope by Robert Browning
On a Dead Child by Robert Bridges
The Water-nymph and the Boy by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
The Sands of Dee by Charles Kingsley
From ‘Tommy ’s dead’ by Sydney Dobell
The Widow’s Lament by James Hogg
The Hebrew Mother by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Dirge by Edith (Nesbit) Bland
The Dead Child by George Barlow
On a Locket, with lock of hair of Penelope his child by Sir Brooke Boothby
Graves of Infants by John Clare
On a Dead Child by Richard Middleton
A Machine Hand by Thomas Ashe
XI. O Come Quickly
Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore’ by Thomas Campion
Take me, Mother Earth, to thy cold breast’ by Anna Brownell Jameson
To Death by Robert Herrick
Brother Death by Edward Dowden
Euthanasia by Richard Crashaw
A Cry by Herbert Edwin Clarke
Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson
In Memoriam G. O.—A Sussex Peasant by A. C. Steele
Go away, Death’ by Alfred Austin
To Death by Caroline Bowles Southey
O Death, rocke me on sleep’ by George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford (?)
Obviam by Thomas Edward Brown
Reunited by Sir Gilbert Parker
Prospice by Robert Browning
Madrigal by William Drummond of Hawthornden
Sonnet: ‘Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now’ by William Shakespeare
Sonnet: ‘If I might choose where my tired limbs shall lie’ by John Anster
On the Death of William Aikman by James Thomson
A Contemplation upon Flowers by Henry King
From ‘Thanatopsis’ by William Cullen Bryant
XII. Love and Death
Trust thou thy Love’ by John Ruskin
Death-in-Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Love, Time, and Death by Frederick Locker-Lampson
Illusion by Andrew Macphail
Severed Selves by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Lovesight by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The death in Paris of Jane Sophia, Countess de Molandè by Walter Savage Landor
A Symphonic Study by Emma Lazarus
Youth and Death by Emma Lazarus
Hic Jacet by Louise Chandler Moulton
Sonnet: ‘Tir’d with all these, for restful death I cry’ by William Shakespeare
Not Thou but I by Philip Bourke Marston
When Death to either shall come’ by Robert Bridges
Grieve not, dear Love’ by John Digby, Earl of Bristol
Remain, ah not in youth alone’ by Walter Savage Landor
Who shall go first’—Anonymous
To Castara by William Habington
A Widow’s Hymn by George Wither
Hélas! que ton mari’ by de Porchères
An Epitaph upon husband and wife who died and were buried together by Richard Crashaw
From ‘The Relique’ by John Donne
Sweet Willie and Fair Annie—Anonymous
From ‘Exequy on his Wife’ by Henry King
Upon the death of Sir Albertus Morton’s wife by Sir Henry Wotton
XIII. Farewell
The Cossack goes to War by Florence Randal Livesay
Pain and Time strive not by William Morris
Farewell by Coventry Patmore
Remember by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Song: ‘When I am dead, my dearest’ by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Sonnet: ‘No longer mourn for me when I am dead’ by William Shakespeare
A Voice from afar by John Henry Newman
Fare thee well, great heart’ by William Shakespeare
Adieu by Thomas Carlyle
Song: ‘Girls, when I am gone away’ by Edward Dowden
Messages by Francis Thompson
The Land o’ the Leal by Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne
Dirge of the Gipsies by Sir Walter Scott
From ‘Life’ by Anna Letitia Barbauld
The Spring of the Year by Allan Cunningham
Softly woo away her breath’ by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall)
The last word by Matthew Arnold
From ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’ by Sir Walter Scott
XIV. This Is Thy Hour
A clear Midnight by Walt Whitman
Requiescat by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Dying by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
A Quiet Soul by John Oldham
Eternity by Robert Herrick
The last invocation by Walt Whitman
How oft when men are at the point of death’ by William Shakespeare
Madrigal by William Drummond of Hawthornden
Leave me, O Love’ by Sir Philip Sidney
XV. Protest
A Question by John Millington Synge
Dora by Thomas Edward Brown
Why this waste?’ by John White Chadwick
On one who died in May by Clarence Chatham Cook
From ‘The Princess’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A Prayer by James Russell Lowell
A Death-Scene by Emily Brontë
XVI. Crossed Hands and Closed Eyes
The Death-bed by Thomas Hood
A Death-bed by James Aldrich
Reply by Hartley Coleridge
After Death by Christina Georgina Rossetti
The Master’s Call by Henry Alford
Dirge by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Requiescat by Matthew Arnold
If I had known by Adelaide D. Rollston
Not Lost by Thomas S. Collyer
Asleep by William Winter
In the dim chamber’ by John Hay
On the Death of Coleridge by Washington Allston
The Silver Bridge by Elizabeth Akers Allen
White Roses by Ernest Rhys
An Epitaph by Andrew Marvell
O Captain! My Captain!’ by Walt Whitman
New-Mown Hay by Andrew Macphail
In Death by Mary Emily Bradley
Epitaph intended for himself by James Beattie
Translated from Chiabrera by William Wordsworth
Epitaph on a Jacobite by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay
From ‘Maud’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
For Annie by Edgar Allan Poe
I am Content by Andrew Macphail
XVII. Bereavement
Substitution by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
From ‘Talamon and Arcite’ by Geoffrey Chaucer
From ‘Venus and Adonis’ by William Shakespeare
From ‘To J. S.’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
‘’Tis well; ’tis something; we may stand’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The last Smile by John Ruskin
The Women of France by Mary Linda Bradley
XVIII. The Great Mystery
The Soliloquy of Cato by Joseph Addison
The Thought of Death by John Addington Symonds
Lucy by William Wordsworth
Sonnet: ‘The hand of Death lay heavy on her eyes’ by John Moultrie
He and I by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Future Life by William Cullen Bryant
To a Friend by William Caldwell Roscoe
From ‘The White Moth’ by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The Black Portals by Lloyd Mifflin
Where Lies the Land’ by Hall Caine
Plaint by Ebenezer Elliott
The Choice by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
To a Mistress Dying by Sir William Davenant
XIX. The Shrouding
Song of the Shroud by Alma Strettell
A Lyke-wake Dirge—Anonymous
From ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ by John Webster
The Farewell to the Dead by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
To Bearers by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The Funeral by John Donne
To Perilla by Robert Herrick
XX. The Burial
Ye have forgotten the Exhortation by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Laus Deo by Sydney Dobell
Under the Violets by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Messmates by Sir Henry John Newbolt
An Old Song by Alma Strettell
From ‘Drum Taps’ by Walt Whitman
The Burial of Sir John Moore by Charles Wolfe
Dirge for a Soldier by George Henry Boker
Isandhlwana by John McCrae
Death Song by Robert Stephen Hawker
XXI. Interlude: Epochs by Emma Lazarus
    i. Surprise
    ii. Grief
    iii. Loneliness
    iv. Sympathy
    v. Patience
    vi. Hope
    vii. Compensation
    viii. Faith
    ix. Work
    x. Victory
XXII. Irrevocable
A Leave-taking by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The Unreturning by Bliss Carman
Break, break, break’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A Lament by Percy Bysshe Shelley
From ‘Epipsychidion’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Song: ‘That zephyr every year’ by William Drummond of Hawthornden
From ‘Threnody’ by Ralph Waldo Emerson
From ‘Thyrsis’ by Matthew Arnold
XXIII. Grief
Forgive my grief for one removed’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Song: ‘Have pitty, Griefe: I can not pay’ by Peter Hausted
Grief by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I have no wealth of grief’ by Lucy Knox
From ‘Sonnets in Shadow’ by Arlo Bates
Weep, Lovers, sith Love’s very self doth weep’ by Dante Alighieri
To Sir Philip Sidney’s soul by Henry Constable
XXIV. Bitter Sorrow
Tears by Walt Whitman
From ‘Adonais’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley
They Said’ by Lucy Larcom
The Mask by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Why sighest thou?’ by Cino da Pistoia
In Memoriam (Theodor Körner) by Christoph August Tiedge
On One who died discovering her kindness by John Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire
Rose Aylmer by Walter Savage Landor
Dirge by John Ford
On the Picture of a Lady by John Hamilton Reynolds
One writes, that “Other friends remain”’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
From ‘The Widow on Windermere side’ by William Wordsworth
Lament by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
From ‘The Affliction of Margaret ——’ by William Wordsworth
On the death of Joseph Addison by Thomas Tickell
Death by Percy Bysshe Shelley
From ‘A Noble Soldier’, 1634 by Samuel Rowley
To Le Vayer, on the Death of his Son by Henry Austin Dobson
The Marriage Feast by Andrew Macphail
Grief by Francesco Redi
To Chatterton by John Keats
From ‘A Funeral Song’ by Nicholas Grimald
Mariana by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Stabat Mater by Jacopone da Todi
Edward Gray by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
XXV. Bitter Remembrance
If I were dead’ by Coventry Patmore
To his Mother, C. L. M. by John Masefield
Departure by Coventry Patmore
Bride chant by Christina Georgina Rossetti
I in the greyness rose’ by Stephen Phillips
The Dead by Mathilde Blind
A Superscription by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Separation by Walter Savage Landor
Agonia by John Ruskin
The Indian Maid’s Lament by John Logan
XXVI. Melancholy
The Desolate City by Wilfred Scawen Blunt
From ‘The Nice Valour’ by John Fletcher
From ‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ by John Fletcher (?)
From ‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle’ by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
The Last Wish by E. Robert Bulwer, Lord Lytton (Owen Meredith)
From ‘Fair Helen of Kirconnell’—Anonymous (17th Century)
From ‘On the death of William Hervey’ by Abraham Cowley
Two Lovers by George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross)
Paolo and Francesca by John Keats
Ode on Melancholy by John Keats
The Morrow’s Message by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dirge for Wolfram by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
From ‘Rugby Chapel’ by Matthew Arnold
In a Churchyard by Charlotte Smith
Remembrance by Emily Brontë
A Garden by the Sea by William Morris
From ‘Aylmer’s Field’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
On the Death of Mr. Robert Levet, a Practiser in Physic by Samuel Johnson
In Memoriam by Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton
On the Death of Katharine Kingscourt by John Oldham
On a vertuous young Gentlewoman who dyed suddenly by William Cartwright
From ‘Elegy on the Lady Venetia Digby’ by Ben Jonson
To Mary by Charles Wolfe
First Snow by John Talon-Lespérance
O Dearest, canst thou tell me why’ by Heinrich Heine
His Lady’s Death by Pierre de Ronsard
Nè per sereno ciel ir vaghe stelle by Petrarch (Francisco Petrarca)
Gli occhi di ch’io parlai by Petrarch (Francisco Petrarca)
Soleasi nel mio cor by Petrarch (Francisco Petrarca)
Quanta invidia io ti porto by Petrarch (Francisco Petrarca)
From ‘Hebrew Melodies’ by Lord Byron
Under the Violets by Edward Young
Epitaph on the Lady Mary Villiers by Thomas Carew
Astophel by Edmund Spenser
From ‘Britannia’s Pastorals’ by William Browne
From ‘Daphnaida’ by Edmund Spenser
Marvel of Marvels by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Newborn Death by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
XXVII. Vain Longing
The Lover in Winter Plaineth for the Spring—Anonymous
From ‘Maud’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
If I could hold your hands’—Anonymous
Tears, idle Tears’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Sonnet: ‘Sweet Spring, thou turn’st with all thy goodly train’ by William Drummond of Hawthornden
The One Hope by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Upon Castara’s Departure by William Habington
Surprised by Joy’ by William Wordsworth
She touches a sad string of soft recall’ by Sydney Dobell
Lucy by William Wordsworth
To his Friend in Elysium by Joachim du Bellay
On the Death of Mr. West by Thomas Gray
From ‘Sea-Drift’ by Walt Whitman
XXVIII. Loneliness
Stanzas—April, 1814 by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Dark house, by which once more I stand’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
She only died last week’ by Katharine Tynan Hinkson
The old familiar Faces by Charles Lamb
It ’s an owercome sooth’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Holy Tide by Frederick Tennyson
Sonnet: ‘Lyke as a ship that through the Ocean wyde’ by Edmund Spenser
To the Dead by William Bell Scott
From ‘Amoris Victima’ by Arthur Symons
The Night has a thousand Eyes’ by Francis William Bourdillon
I found her not’ by Thomas Moore
Here, ever since you went’ by Walter Savage Landor
Mild is the parting year’ by Walter Savage Landor
Years by Walter Savage Landor
The Maid’s Lament by Walter Savage Landor
They are all gone into the world of light’ by Henry Vaughan
Without Her by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Wife a-lost by William Barnes
A Shepherd Boy’s Song by William Browne
Memory by William Browne
Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Emigrant’s Lament by Helen Selina, Lady Dufferin Sheridan
That lady of all gentle memories’ by Dante Alighieri
XXIX. The Happy Dead
Upon a Maid by Robert Herrick
Upon a Child that died by Robert Herrick
Life Hidden by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Is it well with the Child? by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Athulf’s Song by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Aspatia’s Song by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
Proud Maisie is in the wood’ by Sir Walter Scott
Threnos by William Shakespeare
Claribel by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
In a Garden by Henry Charles Beeching
A Dirge by Robert Nicoll
My Lady’s Grave by Emily Brontë
A. S. P. by Stephen Phillips
Barbara by Alexander Smith
Requiescat by Oscar Wilde
Lucy by William Wordsworth
Heap cassia, sandal-buds and stripes’ by Robert Browning
From ‘Epitaph on the Daughter of Sir Thomas Wentworth’ by Thomas Carew
Dirge by Madison Cawein
Minstrel’s Song in ‘Aella’ by Thomas Chatterton
On the Death of Beaumont by John Fletcher
Epitaph on Lady Mary Villiers by Thomas Carew
Epitaph on Elizabeth L. H. by Ben Jonson
Epitaph on Master Philip Gray by Ben Jonson
Epitaph on Mrs. Clarke by Thomas Gray
Epitaph on a Friend by Robert Burns
The Grave of Shelley by Oscar Wilde
Funeral Hymn from ‘Ivanhoe’ by Sir Walter Scott
Ode, 1746 by William Collins
Pierre by Maurice Baring
The Winds by Ina Kitson Clark
A Fragment by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
God’s-Acre by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
XXX. Sweet Sorrow
From ‘Lycidas’ by John Milton
From ‘Ave atque vale’ by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The Doleful Lay of Clorinda by Edmund Spenser
To the immortal Memory of Lady Clifton by Sir John Beaumont
Meditation by Charles Baudelaire
Consolations in Bereavement by John Henry Newman
Dirge in Cymbeline by William Collins
O Sorrow, wilt thou live with me’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
O Sorrow’ by John Keats
To the Memory of the most excellent Lady Jane, Countess of Perth by William Drummond of Hawthornden
Maritae Suae by William Benjamin Philpot
Highland Mary by Robert Burns
XXXI. Tender Memory
Song: ‘She’s somewhere in the sunlight strong’ by Richard Le Gallienne
To ——— by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Life knows no dead so beautiful’ by Joaquin Miller
Sonnet: ‘Or I shall live your epitaph to make’ by William Shakespeare
From ‘My Kate’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
O thou art put to many uses, sweet!’ by Stephen Phillips
In June by Edward William Thomson
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
O to recall!’ by Stephen Phillips
In Memoriam F. A. S. by Robert Louis Stevenson
XXXII. Visions
Summer Dawn by William Morris
On his deceased Wife by John Milton
Song: ‘I made another garden, yea’ by Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy
How pure at heart and sound in head’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Seraphine by Heinrich Heine
On the Death of a pious Lady by Olof Wexionius
Ode: ‘Tell me, thou soul of her I love’ by James Thomson
From ‘The Blessed Damozel’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Apparition by Stephen Phillips
Dreams by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah (Sheridan) Norton
I gaze into the dark’ by Jessie Fremont O’Donnell
The Mother’s Dream by William Barnes
From ‘William and Margaret’ by David Mallet
If she but knew’ by Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy
From ‘Greek Lament’ by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
XXXIII. Resignation
From ‘Discipline’ by George Herbert
Sonnet: ‘I shall be faithful, though the weary years’ by George Henry Boker
Sorrow by William Patrick McKenzie
Comfort to a Youth that had lost his Love by Robert Herrick
Dirge by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Strong Son of God, immortal Love’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
From ‘Balder Dead’ by Matthew Arnold
Fading-Leaf and Fallen-Leaf by Richard Garnett
In Memory of Edward Quillinan by Matthew Arnold
From ‘The Queen of Corinth’ by John Fletcher
From ‘Marpessa’ by Stephen Phillips
From ‘Samson Agonistes’ by John Milton
In Memory of Field-Marshal Earl Roberts by Owen Seaman
XXXIV. Compensation
I held it truth, with him who sings’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Sonnet: ‘They say that thou wert lovely on thy bier’ by William Sidney Walker
Sonnet: ‘When to the sessions of sweet silent thought’ by William Shakespeare
Heraclitus by William Johnson Cory
Tears by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I thought once how Theocritus had sung’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sonnet: ‘O blessèd be the tear that sadly rolled’ by Robert Roscoe
Beauty’s Metempsychosis by William Watson
On the Death of a Recluse by George Darley
From ‘The Warrior to His Dead Bride’ by Adelaide Anne Procter
From ‘In Memory of James T. Fields’ by John Greenleaf Whittier
From ‘To One in Paradise’ by Edgar Allan Poe
From ‘Beautiful Death’ by Stephen Phillips
Sonnet: ‘One day I wrote her name vpon the strand’ by Edmund Spenser
From ‘Pain’ by Thomas Edward Brown
A Place of Burial in the South of Scotland by William Wordsworth
On the Memory of Catherine Thomson, 1646 by John Milton
Sorrow by Aubrey Thomas de Vere
A Prayer of Petrarcke and of Laura—Anonymous
In Love with Easeful Death’ by Mary E. Fletcher
From ‘A Life Drama’ by Alexander Smith
XXXV. Consolation
Heart, my Heart’ by Heinrich Heine
Influence of Time on Grief by William Lisle Bowles
O mortall folke’ by Stephen Hawes
To-day a Man, To-morrow None by Sir Walter Raleigh
Drive such despaire away’ by Stephen Hawes
Consolation by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Last Lines by Emily Brontë
Epilogue to ‘Haworth Churchyard’ by Matthew Arnold
Burial of the Dead by John Keble
Readen ov a Head-Stwone by William Barnes
On the Death of Colonel Bainbrigge’s Daughter, 1815 by Thomas Moore
Stanzas for Music by Lord Byron
Home they brought her Warrior Dead’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
This World is all a fleeting Show’ by Thomas Moore
O Life, O Death, O World, O Time’ by Richard Chenevix Trench
The Angel of Patience by John Greenleaf Whittier
Up-hill by Christina Georgina Rossetti
In the Hour of Death’ by Richard Doddridge Blackmore