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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
On, on, Forever
 
Harriet Martineau (1802–76)
 
 
  BENEATH this starry arch
    Nought resteth or is still;
  But all things hold their march
    As if by one great will:
Moves one, move all: hark to the foot-fall!        5
        On, on, forever!
 
  Yon sheaves were once but seed;
  Will ripens into deed;
  As cave-drops swell the streams,
  Day-thoughts feed nightly dreams;        10
  And sorrow tracketh wrong,
  As echo follows song:
        On, on, forever!
 
  By night, like stars on high,
    The Hours reveal their train;        15
  They whisper and go by:
    I never watch in vain.
Moves one, move all: hark to the foot-fall!
        On, on, forever!
 
  They pass the cradle-head,        20
  And there a promise shed;
  They pass the moist new grave,
  And bid rank verdure wave;
  They bear through every clime
  The harvests of all time.        25
        On, on, forever!
 

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