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Robin Hyde

The Conquerors And Other Poems

There is Nirvana at last. And you shall not remember at all
That which you could not help, that which you could not save;
That which no man may keep from the waiting arms of the grave,
And the lost leaves armoured in gold before they fall.

There is a dream so deep, no cry can pierce
The snowdrifts, deepening still to your ultimate peace;
Never a face be lifted, pleading or fierce.
And the thought how you strove to save them, that too shall cease.


Last updated 11 September, 2003