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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
An English Girl
 
F. Wyville Home (b. 1851)
 
 
SPEAK, quiet lips, and utter forth my fate;
  Before thy beauty I bow down, I kneel,
Girl, and to thee my life I dedicate,
  And seal the past up with a dateless seal.
 
What delicate hours and seasons without storm        5
  Have nursed thee, and what happy English dale?
For tenderer is thy light and gracile form
  Than any snowy wind-flower of the vale.
 
O wild-flower, though the bee that drinks thy wine
  Must soar past crags that front the leaping sea,        10
I climb to thee; thy beauty shall be mine;
  Or let the cold green wave go over me.
 

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