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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Little Song
 
Duncan Campbell Scott (1862–1947)
 
 
THE SUNSET in the rosy west
  Burned soft and high;
A shore-lark fell like a stone to his nest
  In the waving rye.
 
A wind came over the garden beds        5
  From the dreamy lawn,
The pansies nodded their purple heads,
  The poppies began to yawn.
 
One pansy said: It is only sleep,
  Only his gentle breath:        10
But a rose lay strewn in a snowy heap,
  For the rose it was only death.
 
Heigho, we ’ve only one life to live,
  And only one death to die:
Good-morrow, new world, have you nothing to give?—        15
  Good-bye, old world, good-bye.
 

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