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First Line: Who mourns his life was brief? He who forgets
Last Line: Who dare glance backward smiling, and with song.
Subject(s): Bonington, Richard Parkes (1802-1828)


WHO mourns his life was brief? He who forgets
Work is the master's measure, and not years!
There on his sands that trailed their Norman nets,
Far from the fluctuant city's joys and fears,
Or in the long Louvre's golden-glorious streets,
Prodigious in accomplishment he dwelled:
A Chatterton of fancies, colour's Keats,
Swift visitant, by other worlds compelled!
Much beauty had this boy to leave on earth;
Grieve not, for he did leave it, hurrying hence
To some more radiant art, some starred rebirth
Where Truth most needed his soul's eloquence,
And where he toils those stately minds among
Who dare glance backward smiling, and with song.





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