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First Line: Under her gentle seeing
Last Line: Is the sweeter for the flower.
Alternate Author Name(s): Maitland, Thomas
Subject(s): Death; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The

UNDER her gentle seeing,
In her delicate little hand,
They placed the Book of Being,
To read and understand.

The Book was mighty and olden,
Yea, worn and eaten with age;
Though the letters look'd great and golden,
She could not read a page.

The letters flutter'd before her,
And all look'd swectly wild:
Death saw her, and bent o'er her,
As she pouted her lips and smil'd.

And weary a little with tracing
The Book, she look'd aside,
And lightly smiling, and placing
A Flower in its leaves, she died.

She died, but her sweetness fled not,
As fly the things of power, --
For the Book wherein she read not
Is the sweeter for the Flower.

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