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GODDARD AND LYCIDAS, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Two dirges by two poets have I read
Last Line: And gained, by lowlier means, a sweeter end.
Subject(s): Goddard, Frederick William (d. 1820); King, Edward (1612-1637); Milton, John (1608-1674); Poetry & Poets; Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)


Two dirges by two poets have I read,
By two great masters of our English tongue;
One for the youth who rests his drowned head
Upon the mighty harp of him who sung
The loss of Eden; and the other, warm
From Wordsworth's gentle heart, o'er Goddard's grave,
By Keller raised, near Zurich's stormy wave -
Both beautiful, with each its proper charm;
The one so glorious - we are fain to blend
The name of Lycidas with that wild sea,
Where sank to deathless fame the poet's friend:
The other, with a humbler purpose penned,
Set one poor mother's stifled sorrows free,
And gained, by lowlier means, a sweeter end.





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