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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919).  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse.  1903.
 
Loneliness
By John Keble (1792–1866)
 
WHY should we faint and fear to live alone,
  Since all alone, so Heav’n has willed, we die;
Not e’en the tenderest heart, and next our own,
  Knows half the reasons why we smile or sigh.
 
Each in his hidden sphere of joy or woe,        5
  Our hermit spirits dwell, and range apart;
Our eyes see all around in gloom or glow,
  Hues of their own, fresh borrow’d from the heart.
 
 
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