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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
William Watson. 1858–
 
24. Estrangement
 
SO, without overt breach, we fall apart, 
Tacitly sunder—neither you nor I 
Conscious of one intelligible Why, 
And both, from severance, winning equal smart. 
So, with resigned and acquiescent heart,         5
Whene'er your name on some chance lip may lie, 
I seem to see an alien shade pass by, 
A spirit wherein I have no lot or part. 
  
Thus may a captive, in some fortress grim, 
From casual speech betwixt his warders, learn  10
That June on her triumphal progress goes 
Through arched and bannered woodlands; while for him 
She is a legend emptied of concern, 
And idle is the rumour of the rose. 
 
 
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