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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
From “Sospiri Di Roma.” I. Susurro
 
William Sharp (1855–1905)
 
 
BREATH o’ the grass,
Ripple of wandering wind,
Murmur of tremulous leaves:
A moonbeam moving white
Like a ghost across the plain:        5
A shadow on the road:
And high up, high,
From the cypress-bough,
A long sweet melancholy note.
Silence.        10
And the topmost spray
Of the cypress-bough is still
As a wavelet in a pool:
The road lies duskily bare:
The plain is a misty gloom:        15
Still are the tremulous leaves;
Scarce a last ripple of wind,
Scarce a breath i’ the grass.
Hush: the tired wind sleeps:
Is it the wind’s breath, or        20
Breath o’ the grass?
 

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