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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Poet’s Song to His Wife
 
Barry Cornwall (1787–1874)
 
 
HOW many summers, love,
  Have I been thine?
How many days, thou dove,
  Hast thou been mine?
Time, like the winged wind        5
  When ’t bends the flowers,
Hath left no mark behind,
  To count the hours.
 
Some weight of thought, though loth,
  On thee he leaves;        10
Some lines of care round both
  Perhaps he weaves;
Some fears,—a soft regret
  For joys scarce known;
Sweet looks we half forget;—        15
  All else is flown!
 
Ah!—With what thankless heart
  I mourn and sing!
Look, where our children start,
  Like sudden Spring!        20
With tongues all sweet and low,
  Like a pleasant rhyme,
They tell how much I owe
  To thee and Time!
 

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