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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Solitude and the Lily
 
Richard Henry Horne (1802–84)
 
 
THE LILY

I BEND above the moving stream,
And see myself in my own dream,—
  Heaven passing, while I do not pass.
Something divine pertains to me,
Or I to it;—reality        5
  Escapes me on this liquid glass.
 
SOLITUDE

The changeful clouds that float or poise on high,
Emblem earth’s night and day of history:
Renew’d for ever, evermore to die.
  Thy life-dream is thy fleeting loveliness;        10
  But mine is concentrated consciousness,
  A life apart from pleasure or distress.
      The grandeur of the Whole
      Absorbs my soul,
  While my caves sigh o’er human littleness.        15
 
THE LILY

        Ah, Solitude,
  Of marble Silence fit abode!
I do prefer my fading face,
My loss of loveliness and grace,
  With cloud-dreams ever in my view;        20
Also the hope that other eyes
May share my rapture in the skies,
  And, if illusion, feel it true.
 

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