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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Voice of D. G. R.
 
Sir Edmund William Gosse (1849–1928)
 
 
FROM this carved chair wherein I sit tonight,
The dead man read in accents deep and strong,
Through lips that were like Chaucer’s, his great song
About the Beryl and its virgin light;
And still that music lives in death’s despite,        5
And though my pilgrimage on earth be long,
Time cannot do my memory so much wrong
As e’er to make that gracious voice take flight.
I sit here with closed eyes; the sound comes back,
With youth, and hope, and glory on its track,        10
A solemn organ-music of the mind;
So, when the oracular moon brings back the tide,
After long drought, the sandy channel wide
Murmurs with waves, and sings beneath the wind.
 

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