[Editor: This poem by William Blocksidge (also known as William Baylebridge) was published in Songs o’ the South (1908).]
On the Death of a Rare Old Friend
Courage! poor heart of mine, purged in the tears
Of broken love — death is an equal dole.
Nor should one mourn the passing of a soul
That gathered joy and pain through many years.
Within the realms beyond they sure will find
Eternal peace, who leave the world behind.
William Blocksidge, Songs o’ the South, London: Watts, 1908, p. 67
dole = (archaic) destiny, fate (can also refer to: an apportionment, a small portion or share; a payment given to the poor or unemployed)
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