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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
“O Fons Bandusiæ”
 
Austin Dobson (1840–1921)
 
 
O BABBLING Spring, than glass more clear,
Worthy of wreath and cup sincere,
  To-morrow shall a kid be thine
  With swelled and sprouting brows for sign,—
Sure sign!—of loves and battles near.        5
 
Child of the race that butt and rear!
Not less, alas! his life-blood dear
  Must tinge thy cold wave crystalline,
            O babbling Spring!
 
Thee Sirius knows not. Thou dost cheer        10
With pleasant cool the plough-worn steer,—
  The wandering flock. This verse of mine
  Will rank thee one with founts divine;
Men shall thy rock and tree revere,
            O babbling Spring!        15
 

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