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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
A Simple Maid
Lord De Tabley (John Byrne Leicester Warren) (b. 1835)
THOU hast lost thy love, poor fool,
Creep into thy bed and weep.
Loss must be a maiden’s school,
Loss and love and one long sleep.
  Half her time perplex’d with tears        5
  Till the dust end all her years,—
        All her fears.
Was thy love so gracious, lass?
Never such a love before
In this old world came to pass,        10
Nor shall be for evermore.
  Sweet and true, a king of men,
  None like him shall come again,—
        Come again.
Was thy bud so precious, lass,        15
Opening to a perfect rose?
Till between the leaves, alas!
Winter fell in flaky snows.
  Then, ah! then, its crimson side
  Brake upon the briers and died,—        20
        Brake and died.

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