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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Greek Idyl
 
Mortimer Collins (b. 1827)
 
 
HE sat the quiet stream beside,
His white feet laving in the tide,
And watch’d the pleasant waters glide
  Beneath the skies of summer.
She singing came from mound to mound,        5
Her footfall on the thymy ground
Unheard; his tranquil haunt she found—
  That beautiful new comer.
 
He said—“My own Glycerium!
The pulses of the woods are dumb,        10
How well I knew that thou wouldst come,
  Beneath the branches gliding.”
The dreamer fancied he had heard
Her footstep, whensoever stirr’d
The summer wind or languid bird        15
  Amid the boughs abiding.
 
She dipp’d her fingers in the brook,
And gaz’d awhile with happy look
Upon the windings of a book
  Of Cyprian hymnings tender.        20
The ripples to the ocean raced—
The flying minutes pass’d in haste:
His arm was round the maiden’s waist,
  That waist so very slender.
 
O cruel Time! O tyrant Time!        25
Whose winter all the streams of rhyme,
The flowing waves of love sublime,
  In bitter passage freezes.
I only see the scambling goat,
The lotos on the waters float,        30
While an old shepherd with an oat
  Pipes to the autumn breezes.
 

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