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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Meeting at Night
 
Robert Browning (1812–89)
 
 
THE GRAY sea and the long black land;
And the yellow half-moon large and low:
And the startled little waves that leap
In fiery ringlets from their sleep,
As I gain the cove with pushing prow,        5
And quench its speed i’ the slushy sand.
 
Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;
Three fields to cross till a farm appears;
A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
And blue spurt of a lighted match,        10
And a voice less loud, through joys and fears,
Than the two hearts beating each to each!
 

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