Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LADY MARGARET'S SONG, by EDWARD DOWDEN

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LADY MARGARET'S SONG, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Girls, when I am gone away
Last Line: While the world goes round.

Girls, when I am gone away,
On this bosom strew
Only flowers meek and pale,
And the yew.

Lay these hands down by my side,
Let my face be bare;
Bind a kerchief round the face,
Smooth my hair.

Let my bier be borne at dawn,
Summer grows so sweet,
Deep into the forest green
Where boughs meet.

Then pass away, and let me lie
One long, warm, sweet day,
There alone, with face upturned,
One sweet day.

While the morning light grows broad,
While noon sleepeth sound,
While the evening falls and faints,
While the world goes round.

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