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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Rose of the World
 
William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
 
 
WHO dreamed that beauty passes like a dream?
  For these red lips with all their mournful pride,
  Mournful that no new wonder may betide,
Troy passed away in one high funeral gleam,
  And Usna’s children died.        5
 
We and the laboring world are passing by:—
  Amid men’s souls that day by day gives place,
  More fleeting than the sea’s foam-fickle face,
Under the passing stars, foam of the sky,
  Lives on this lonely face.        10
 
Bow down, archangels, in your dim abode:
  Before ye were or any hearts to beat,
  Weary and kind one stood beside His seat;
He made the world, to be a grassy road
  Before her wandering feet.        15
 

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