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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Dirge for Summer
 
Sebastian Evans (b. 1830)
 
 
  SUMMER dieth:—o’er his bier
  Chant a requiem low and clear!
  Chant it for his dying flowers,
  Chant it for his flying hours.
Let them wither all together        5
  Now the world is past the prime
  Of the golden olden-time.
 
  Let them die, dying Summer
  Yield his kingdom to the comer
  From the islands of the West:        10
  He is weary, let him rest!
And let mellow Autumn’s yellow
  Fall upon the leafy prime
  Of the golden olden-time.
 
  Go, ye days, your deeds are done!        15
  Be yon clouds about the sun
  Your imperial winding-sheet;
  Let the night winds as they fleet
Tell the story of the glory
  Of the free great-hearted prime        20
  Of the golden olden-time.
 

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