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We do lie beneath the grass  
    In the moonlight, in the shade  
  Of the yew-tree. They that pass  
    Hear us not. We are afraid  
      They would envy our delight,
      In our graves by glow-worm night.  
Come follow us, and smile as we;  
    We sail to the rock in the ancient waves,  
Where the snow falls by thousands into the sea,  
    And the drown'd and the shipwreck'd have happy graves.


This poem is in the public domain.


Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Thomas Lovell Beddoes was an English poet, playwright, and physician. His works include The Bride’s Tragedy (F. C. & J. Rivington, 1822), Death’s Jest Book (T. F. Kelsall, 1850), and Poems by the Late Thomas Lovell Beddoes (William Pickering, 1851). He died on January 26, 1849.

Date Published: 1851-01-01

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