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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Epigram: “Out of the conquered Past”

Arthur Upson (1877–1908)

OUT of the conquered Past

Unravishable Beauty;

Hearts that are dew and dust

Rebuking the dream of Death;

Flower of the clay down-cast

Triumphant in earth’s aroma;

Strings that were strained in rust

A-tremble with Music’s breath!

Wine that was spilt in haste

Arising in fumes more precious;

Garlands that fell forgot

Rooting to wondrous bloom;

Youth that would flow to waste

Pausing in pool-green valleys—

And Passion that lasted not

Surviving the voiceless Tomb!