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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Poeta Nascitur
 
Thomas Ashe (1836–89)
 
 
THE FLAME-WING’D seraph spake a word
  To one of Galilee:—
“Be not afraid: know, of the Lord
  Is that is born of thee.”
 
And by the poet’s bliss and woe        5
  Learn we the will of Heaven:
He is God’s instrument; and so
  Swords in his heart are seven.
 
He is God’s oracle and slave,
  As once the priestesses;        10
His griefs in keeping we should have,
  To heal, or make them less.
 

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