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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Little While
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–82)
 
 
A LITTLE while a little love
  The hour yet bears for thee and me
  Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above
Thou merely, at the day’s last sigh,        5
  Hast felt thy soul prolong the tone;
And I have heard the night-wind cry
    And deem’d its speech mine own.
 
A little while a little love
  The scattering autumn hoards for us        10
  Whose bower is not yet ruinous
Nor quite unleav’d our songless grove.
Only across the shaken boughs
  We hear the flood-tides seek the sea,
And deep in both our hearts they rouse        15
    One wail for thee and me.
 
A little while a little love
  May yet be ours who have not said
  The word it makes our eyes afraid
To know that each is thinking of.        20
Not yet the end: be our lips dumb
  In smiles a little season yet:
I ’ll tell thee, when the end is come,
    How we may best forget.
 

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