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[258] For her his rank aside he laid;
     He took the hue and tone
Of lowly life and toil, and made
     Her simple ways his own.

Yet still, in gay and careless ease,
     To harvest-field or dance
He brought the gentle courtesies,
     The nameless grace of France.

And she who taught him love not less
     From him she loved in turn
Caught in her sweet unconsciousness
     What love is quick to learn.

Each grew to each in pleased accord,
     Nor knew the gazing town
If she looked upward to her lord
     Or he to her looked down.

How sweet, when summer's day was o'er,
     His violin's mirth and wail,
The walk on pleasant Newbury's shore,
     The river's moonlit sail!

Ah! life is brief, though love be long;
     The altar and the bier,
The burial hymn and bridal song,
     Were both in one short year!

Her rest is quiet on the hill,
     Beneath the locust's bloom:
Far off her lover sleeps as still
     Within his scutcheoned tomb.

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