Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MADRIGAL, by WILLIAM DRUMMOND OF HAWTHORNDEN

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First Line: The beauty and the life
Last Line: Cried, ah! And can death enter paradise?
Alternate Author Name(s): Drummond, William
Subject(s): Sleep

THE beauty and the life
Of life's and beauty's fairest paragon
-- O tears! O grief! -- hung at a feeble thread
To which pale Atropos had set her knife;
The soul with many a groan
Had left each outward part,
And now did take his last leave of the heart:
Naught else did want, save death, ev'n to be dead;
When the afflicted band about her bed,
Seeing so fair him come in lips, cheeks, eyes,
Cried, ah! and can death enter paradise?

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