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First Line: They come, sweet maids and men with shining tribute
Last Line: O love, that I am dead!
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Mourning; Bereavement


THEY come, sweet maids and men with shining tribute,
Garlands and gifts, cymbals and songs of praise. ...
How can they know I have been dead, Beloved,
These many mournful days?

Or that my delicate dreaming soul lies trampled
Like crushed ripe fruit, chance-trodden of your feet,
And how you flung the throbbing heart that loved you
To serve wild dogs for meat?

They bring me saffron veils and silver sandals
Rich crowns of honour to adorn my head—
For none save you may know the tragic secret,
O Love, that I am dead!





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