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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Deserted House
 
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron (1809–92)
 
 
LIFE and Thought have gone away
    Side by side,
    Leaving door and windows wide:
Careless tenants they!
 
    All within is dark as night:        5
    In the windows is no light;
    And no murmur at the door,
    So frequent on its hinge before.
 
Close the door, the shutters close,
    Or thro’ the windows we shall see        10
    The nakedness and vacancy
Of the dark deserted house.
 
Come away: no more of mirth
    Is here or merry-making sound.
The house was builded of the earth,        15
    And shall fall again to ground.
 
Come away: for Life and Thought
  Here no longer dwell;
    But in a city glorious—
A great and distant city—have bought        20
  A mansion incorruptible.
Would they could have stay’d with us!
 

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