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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

Variations of Greek Themes. I. A Happy Man


(Carphyllides)

              1When these graven lines you see,
              2Traveler, do not pity me;
              3Though I be among the dead,
              4Let no mournful word be said.

              5Children that I leave behind,
              6And their children, all were kind;
              7Near to them and to my wife,
              8I was happy all my life.

              9My three sons I married right,
            10And their sons I rocked at night;
            11Death nor sorrow ever brought
            12Cause for one unhappy thought.

            13Now, and with no need of tears,
            14Here they leave me, full of years,--
            15Leave me to my quiet rest
            16In the region of the blest.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Collected Poems, with an introduction by John Drinkwater (London: Cecil Palmer, 1922): 225-26. PS 3535 O25A17 1922 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1902
Publication date note: Captain Craig (1902), p. 172.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/3

Rhyme: aabb


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