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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Oceanica: Vol. XXXI. 1876–79.

Various Islands: Madeira

Inscription for the Grave of Anna D’Arfet

By Robert à Machin

(Translated by W. L. Bowles, from The Spirit of Discovery by Sea)

O’ER my poor Anna’s lowly grave

No dirge shall sound, no knell shall ring;

But angels, as the high pines wave,

Their half-heard “Miserere” sing.

No flowers of transient bloom at eve

The maidens on the turf shall strew;

Nor sigh, as the sad spot they leave,

Sweets to the sweet! a long adieu!

But in this wilderness profound,

O’er her the dove shall build her nest;

And ocean swell with softer sound

A requiem to her dreams of rest!

Ah! when shall I as quiet be,

When not a friend, or human eye,

Shall mark beneath the mossy tree

The spot where we forgotten lie?

To kiss her name on the cold stone

Is all that now on earth I crave;

For in this world I am alone,—

O, lay me with her in the grave!