A Farewell (Kingsley)

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A Farewell
by Charles Kingsley
"A Farewell," by Charles Kingsley (1819-75), makes it seem worth while to be good.

    My fairest child, I have no song to give you;
      No lark could pipe to skies so dull and gray;
    Yet, ere we part, one lesson I can leave you
                    For every day.

    Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever;
      Do noble things, not dream them all day long:
    And so make life, death, and that vast forever
                    One grand, sweet song.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.