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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Happy Wanderer
 
Percy Addleshaw (b 186–)
 
 
HE is the happy wanderer, who goes
Singing upon his way, with eyes awake
To every scene, with ears alert to take
The sweetness of all sounds; who loves and knows
The secrets of the highway, and the rose        5
Holds fairer for the wounds the briars make;
Who welcomes rain, that he his thirst may slake,—
The sun, because it dries his dripping clothes;
Treasures experience beyond all store,
Careless if pain or pleasure he shall win,        10
So that his knowledge widens more and more
Ready each hour to worship or to sin;
Until tired, wise, content, he halts before
The sign o’ the Grave, a cool and quiet inn.
 

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