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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Webster
 
XLVII. A Land Dirge
 
CALL for the robin-redbreast and the wren, 
Since o'er shady groves they hover 
And with leaves and flowers do cover 
The friendless bodies of unburied men. 
Call unto his funeral dole         5
The ant, the field-mouse, and the mole 
To rear him hillocks that shall keep him warm 
And (when gay tombs are robb'd) sustain no harm: 
But keep the wolf far thence, that's foe to men, 
For with his nails he'll dig them up again.  10
 
 
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