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Short poem

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)


              1There is a better thing, dear heart,
              2    Than youthful flush or girlish grace.
              3There is the faith that never fails,
              4    The courage in the danger place,
              5The duty seen, and duty done,
              6    The heart that yearns for all in need,
              7The lady soul which could not stoop
              8    To selfish thought or lowly deed.
              9All that we ever dreamed, dear wife,
            10    Seems drab and common by the truth,
            11The sweet sad mellow things of life
            12    Are more than golden dreams of youth.

Online text copyright © 2005, 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: The Poems of Arthur Conan Doyle (John Murray, 1928): 220. 21473.35.1 Widener Library Harvard University
Publication date note: Collected Poems (London: John Murray, 1922). See Harold Locke, A Bibliographical Catalogue of the Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Tunbridge Wells: D. Webster, 1928): 71.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2005
Recent editing: 1:2005/3/10

Rhyme: abcbdefeghgh

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