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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Lake Memory
 
William Wilfred Campbell (1861–1918)
 
 
THE LAKE comes throbbing in with voice of pain
  Across these flats, athwart the sunset’s glow,
I see her face, I know her voice again,
  Her lips, her breath, O God, as long ago.
 
To live the sweet past over I would fain,        5
  As lives the day in the red sunset’s fire,
That all these wild, wan marshlands now would stain,
  With the dawn’s memories, loves and flushed desire.
 
I call her back across the vanished years,
  Nor vain—a white-armed phantom fills her place;        10
Its eyes the wind-blown sunset fires, its tears
  This rain of spray that blows about my face.
 

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