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FROM AN OLD, OLD CASTLE, by            
First Line: I would lie down and launch my pain
Last Line: Sorry enough at sight of me!)
Alternate Author Name(s): Shearer, Harold H., Mrs.
Subject(s): Castles


I would lie down and launch my pain,
All fern and lily-laden,
Over the water like Elaine,
Another deathly maiden --
(If it were a steady barge
And the river not too large.)

I, too, would drift a careless face
Under the doleful willow,
And be content to ease my grace
On a mossy board for pillow --
(If some one would unbraid my hair
And spread my ribbons out with care.)

If Launcelot should shake his head,
And the Queen grieve sedately,
I would rejoice that I was dead,
And rest there still and stately --
(If I were only sure they'd be
Sorry enough at sight of me!)





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