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First Line: How little do they know of sorrow, they
Last Line: Raking to fire the buried coals in brain.


How little do they know of sorrow, they
Who in the early months of death and dust
In vain commiseration feel they must
Guide their friend's thoughts from what had passed away,
So torturingly fearful lest they say
Aught to remind. -- Aught to remind of death! --
As if with every pulse, with every breath,
Death were not talking to him night and day!
But then, when time has led him by the hand
Some kindly footsteps from the grave, and he
Begins at last to look about the land,
Then, witless of the subtle irony,
They name old things and torture him again,
Raking to fire the buried coals in brain.





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