The Hundred Best Poems (lyrical) in the English language - second series/Since there's no help

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Weigh the vessel up,
 Once dreaded by our foes!
And mingle with our cup
 The tear that England owes.

Her timbers yet are sound,
 And she may float again,
Full charged with England's thunder,
 And plough the distant main.

But Kempenfelt is gone,
 His victories are o'er;
And he and his eight hundred
 Shall plough the wave no more.

1854 Edition.


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31.
Ideas.

LXI.

SINCE there's no help, come let us kiss and part

Nay I have done, you get no more of me,
And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart,
That thus so cleanly I myself can free;
Shake hands for ever, cancel all our vows,
And when we meet at any time again,
Be it not seen in either of our brows,
That we one jot of former love retain;
Now at the last gasp of love's latest breath,
When his pulse failing, passion speechless lies,
When faith is kneeling by his bed of death,