Quotation by Matthew Arnold

But—if you cannot give us ease—
Last of the race of them who grieve
Here leave us to die out with these
Last of the people who believe!
Silent, while years engrave the brow;
Silent—the best are silent now.
Matthew Arnold (1822–1888), British poet, critic. Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse (l. 109–114). . .

Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
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