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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Dead Friend
 
Norman Gale (b. 1862)
 
 
IT hardly seems that he is dead,
  So strange it is that we are here
Beneath this great blue shell of sky
  With apple-bloom and pear:
It scarce seems true that we can note        5
  The bursting rosebud’s edge of flame,
Or watch the blackbird’s swelling throat
  While he is but a name.
 
No more the chaffinch at his step
  Pipes suddenly her shrill surprise,        10
For in an ecstasy of sleep
  Unconsciously he lies,
Not knowing that the sweet brown lark
  From off her bosom’s feathery lace
Shakes down the dewdrop in her flight        15
  To fall upon his face.
 

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