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First Line: Attentive eyes, fantastic heed
Last Line: It will be word enough of praise.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ATTENTIVE eyes, fantastic heed,
Assessing minds, he does not need,
Nor urgent writs to sup or dine,
Nor pledges in the rosy wine.

For loud acclaim he does not care
By the august or rich or fair,
Nor for smart pilgrims from afar,
Curious on where his hauntings are.

But soon or later, when you hear
That he has doffed this wrinkled gear,
Some evening, at the first star-ray,
Come to his graveside, pause and say:

'Whatever his message - glad or grim -
Two bright-souled women clave to him;'
Stand and say that while day decays;
It will be word enough of praise.







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