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written by Walter de la Mare
Motley and Other Poems (1918) Link to further information

She will not die, they say,
She will but put her beauty by
                  And hie away.

Oh, but her beauty gone, how lonely
Then will seem all reverie,
                  How black to me!

All things will sad be made
And every hope a memory,
                  All gladness dead.

Ghosts of the past will know
My weakest hour, and whisper to me,
                  And coldly go.

And hers in deep of sleep,
Clothed in its mortal beauty I shall see,
                  And, waking, weep.

Naught will my mind then find
In man's false Heaven my peace to be:
                  All blind, and blind.

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