Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CHARLES LAMB, by PAKENHAM THOMAS BEATTY



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CHARLES LAMB, by            
First Line: Though our great love a little wrong his
Last Line: Salutes thy gentle ghost that praised him best.
Subject(s): Lamb, Charles (1775-1834)


THOUGH our great love a little wrong his fame,
And seeing him with such familiar eyes
We say "how kind" more often than "how wise,"
Such is the simple reverence he would claim;
He would not have us call him by a name
Higher than that of friend, -- yet by this grave
We feel the saint not pure, nor hero brave,
And all the martyr's patience put to shame.
Brother, we leave thee by thy sister's side;
Whom such a love bound let not death divide;
She is at peace, now, brother, thou canst rest;
Thy long sad guardianship of love is o'er,
And gentle Shakespeare on the dead men's shore
Salutes thy gentle ghost that praised him best.





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