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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Unseen World. I. At Home
 
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–94)
 
 
WHEN I was dead, my spirit turn’d
  To seek the much-frequented house:
I pass’d the door, and saw my friends
  Feasting beneath green orange-boughs;
From hand to hand they push’d the wine,        5
  They suck’d the pulp of plum and peach;
They sang, they jested, and they laugh’d
  For each was lov’d of each.
 
I listen’d to their honest chat:
  Said one: “To-morrow we shall be        10
Plod plod along the featureless sands
  And coasting miles and miles of sea.”
Said one: “Before the turn of tide
  We will achieve the eyrie-seat.”
Said one: “To-morrow shall be like        15
  To-day, but much more sweet.”
 
“To-morrow,” said they, strong with hope,
  And dwelt upon the pleasant way:
“To-morrow,” cried they, one and all,
  While no one spoke of yesterday.        20
Their life stood full at blessed noon;
  I, only I, had pass’d away:
“To-morrow and to-day,” they cried;
  I was of yesterday.
 
I shiver’d comfortless, but cast        25
  No chill across the table-cloth;
I, all forgotten, shiver’d, sad
  To stay, and yet to part how loth:
I pass’d from the familiar room,
  I who from love had pass’d away.        30
Like the remembrance of a guest
  That tarrieth but a day.
 

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