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The first dark day of Nothingness, 70
The last of Danger and Distress,
(Before Decay's effacing fingers
Have swept the Hnes where Beauty Hngers,)
And marked the mild angelic air.
The rapture of Repose that's there,'-
The fixed yet tender traits that streak
The languor of the placid cheek,
And — but for that sad shrouded eye.
That fires not, wins not, weeps not, now.
And but for that chill, changeless brow, 80

particulars from the Fair Copy, whicl, with the exception of the passages marked as vars. i. (p. 89) and i. (p. 90), is llic same as the text. It ran as follows : —

lie who hath bent him o'er the dead
Ere the first day of death is fed —
The first dark day of Nothiiigness
The last of ^oova and of distress —
Before Corruption's cankering yf«^(frj
Hath tinged the hue %vhere Beauty lifigers
And marked the soft and settled air
That dwells with all but Spirit there
The fixed yet tender lines that speak
Of Peace along the placid cheek
And — but for that sad shrouded eye
That fires not — pleads net—zveeps not — now —
And bid for that pale chilling brow
Whose touch tells of Mortahty
A ltd ctirdles to h^ Oaeer 's feesit
As if to him it could impart
The doom he only looks upon —
Yes but for these afid these alone,
A moment — yet — a little hour
We still might doubt the Tyranfs power.

The eleven lines following (88-98) were not emended in the Fair Copy, and are included in the text. The Fair Cop)- is the sole MS. authority for the four concluding lines of the paragraph.

i. And marked the almost dreaming air.
Which speaks the sweet repose thafs there. —
{MS. of Fair Copy.}

impression of the last convulsions." — Mysteries of Udolpho, by Mrs.

Ann Radcliffe, 1794, ii. 29.]