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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Passionate Reader to His Poet
 
Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947)
 
 
DOTH it not thrill thee, Poet,
  Dead and dust though thou art,
To feel how I press thy singing
  Close to my heart?
 
Take it at night to my pillow,        5
  Kiss it before I sleep,
And again when the delicate morning
  Beginneth to peep?
 
See how I bathe thy pages
  Here in the light of the sun,        10
Through thy leaves, as a wind among roses,
  The breezes shall run.
 
Feel how I take thy poem
  And bury within it my face
As I pressed it last night in the heart of a flower,        15
  Or deep in a dearer place.
 
Think, as I love thee, Poet,
  A thousand love beside,
Dear women love to press thee too
  Against a sweeter side.        20
 
Art thou not happy, Poet?
  I sometimes dream that I
For such a fragrant fame as thine
  Would gladly sing and die.
 
Say, wilt thou change thy glory        25
  For this same youth of mine?
And I will give my days i’ the sun
  For that great song of thine.
 

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