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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Poor Withered Rose
 
Robert Seymour Bridges (1844–1930)
 
 
POOR wither’d rose and dry,
  Skeleton of a rose,
Risen to testify
  To love’s sad close:
 
Treasur’d for love’s sweet sake,        5
  That of joy past
Thou mightst again awake
  Memory at last.
 
Yet is thy perfume sweet;
  Thy petals red        10
Yet tell of summer heat,
  And the gay bed:
 
Yet, yet recall the glow
  Of the gazing sun,
When at thy bush we two        15
  Join’d hands in one.
 
But, rose, thou hast not seen,
  Thou hast not wept,
The change that pass’d between
  Whilst thou hast slept.        20
 
To me thou seemest yet
  The dead dream’s thrall;
While I live and forget
  Dream, truth, and all.
 
Thou art more fresh than I,        25
  Rose, sweet and red:
Salt on my pale cheeks lie
  The tears I shed.
 

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