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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Passing and Glassing
 
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–94)
 
 
    ALL things that pass
    Are woman’s looking-glass;
They show her how her bloom must fade,
And she herself be laid
With wither’d roses in the shade;        5
    With wither’d roses and the fallen peach,
    Unlovely, out of reach
      Of summer joy that was.
 
    All things that pass
    Are woman’s tiring-glass;        10
The faded lavender is sweet,
Sweet the dead violet
Cull’d and laid by and car’d for yet;
    The dried-up violets and dried lavender
    Still sweet, may comfort her,        15
      Nor need she cry Alas!
 
    All things that pass
    Are wisdom’s looking-glass;
Being full of hope and fear, and still
Brimful of good or ill,        20
According to our work and will;
    For there is nothing new beneath the sun;
    Our doings have been done,
      And that which shall be was.
 

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