E.A. Robinson
Variations of Greek Themes: A Happy Man (1902)

 

(Carphyllides)

 

 

 

When these graven lines you see,

 

Traveler, do not pity me;

 

Though I be among the dead,

 

Let no mournful word be said.

 

 

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Children that I leave behind,

 

And their children, all were kind;

 

Near to them and to my wife,

 

I was happy all my life.

 

 

 

My three sons I married right,

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And their sons I rocked at night;

 

Death nor sorrow ever brought

 

Cause for one unhappy thought.

 

 

 

Now, and with no need of tears,

 

Here they leave me, full of years,--

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Leave me to my quiet rest

 

In the region of the blest.