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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Wrinkles
 
Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
 
 
WHEN Helen first saw wrinkles in her face
(’T was when some fifty long had settled there
And intermarried and branch’d off awide)
She threw herself upon her couch and wept:
On this side hung her head, and over that        5
Listlessly she let fall the faithless brass
That made the men as faithless.
        But when you
Found them, or fancied them, and would not hear
That they were only vestiges of smiles,        10
Or the impression of some amorous hair
Astray from cloister’d curls and roseate band,
Which had been lying there all night perhaps
Upon a skin so soft, “No, no,” you said,
“Sure, they are coming, yes, are come, are here:        15
Well, and what matters it, while thou art too!”
 

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