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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Farewell
 
John Addington Symonds (1840–93)
 
 
IT is buried and done with,
  The love that we knew:
Those cobwebs we spun with
  Are beaded with dew.
 
I lov’d thee; I leave thee:        5
  To love thee was pain:
I dare not believe thee,
  To love thee again.
 
Like spectres unshriven
  Are the years that I lost;        10
To thee they were given
  Without count of cost.
 
I cannot revive them
  By penance or prayer:
Hell’s tempest must drive them        15
  Through turbulent air.
 
Farewell, and forget me;
  For I too am free
From the shame that beset me,
  The sorrow of thee.        20
 

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