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Robert Stephen Hawker (1803-1875)

The Burial Hour

              1"At eve should be the time," they said,
              2"To close their brother's narrow bed:"
              3'Tis at that pleasant hour of day
              4The labourer treads his homeward way.

              5His work was o'er, his toil was done,
              6And therefore, with the set of sun,
              7To wait the wages of the dead
              8We laid our hireling in his bed.


1] The poem was titled "The Funeral Time" in 1836 and "Datur Hora Quieti" by 1908.

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: Rev. R. S. Hawker, The Cornish Ballads And other Poems (Oxford and London: James Parker, 1869): 139. Facsimile Reproduction with an intro. by Kay J. Walter and Terence Allan Hoagwood. Delmar, N.Y.: Scholars' Facsimiles, 1994. PR 4759 H9C6 1869a Robarts Library
First publication date: 1836
Publication date note: Records of the Western Shore, 2nd ser. (1836).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/4/29

Composition date: 1836
Form: quatrains
Rhyme: aabb

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