The poetical works of Matthew Arnold/Requiescat

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REQUIESCAT.

Strew on her roses, roses,
 And never a spray of yew:
In quiet she reposes;
 Ah! would that I did too!


Her mirth the world required;
 She bathed it in smiles of glee.
But her heart was tired, tired,
 And now they let her be.


Her life was turning, turning,
 In mazes of heat and sound;
But for peace her soul was yearning,
 And now peace laps her round.


Her cabined, ample spirit,
 It fluttered and failed for breath;
To-night it doth inherit
 The vasty hall of death.