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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Love and Youth
 
William James Linton (1812–97)
 
 
TWO winged genii in the air
I greeted as they pass’d me by:
The one a bow and quiver bare,
  The other shouted joyously.
Both I besought to stay their speed,        5
But never Love nor Youth had heed
    Of my wild cry.
 
As swift and careless as the wind,
Youth fled, nor ever once look’d back;
A moment Love was left behind,        10
  But follow’d soon his fellow’s track.
Yet loitering at my heart he bent
His bow, then smil’d with changed intent:
    The string was slack.
 

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