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 In the shadow of the grave
 I will be brave;
I'll smile,--I know I will
 E'er I be still;
Because I will not smile
 So long a while.
But I'll be sad, I fear, And shed a tear, For those I love and leave My loss to grieve: 'Tis just their grief I'll grieve, Believe, believe.
Not for myself I care As forth I fare; But for those left behind Wae is my mind Knowing how they will miss My careless kiss.
Oh I'll be brave when I Shall come to die; With courage I will quaff The Cup and laugh, Aye, even mock at Death With failing breath.
It is not those who go Who suffer woe; But stricken ones who bide By cold bedside: God comfort you who keep Watch by my sleep!

by Robert William Service
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