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First Line: Think you the dead are lonely in that place?
Last Line: Are ever by great beauty visited.
Subject(s): Death; World War I; Dead, The; First World War


THINK you the dead are lonely in that place?
They are companioned by the leaves and grass,
By many a beautiful and vanished face,
By all the strange and lovely things that pass.
Sunsets and dawnings and the starry vast,
The swinging moon, the tracery of trees --
These they shall know more perfectly at last,
They shall be intimate with such as these.
'T is only for the living Beauty dies,
Fades and drifts from us with too brief a grace,
Beyond the changing tapestry of skies
Where dwells her perfect and immortal face.
For us the passage brief; -- the happy dead
Are ever by great beauty visited.





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