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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
The Angel at the Ford
William James Dawson (b. 1854)
I SOUGHT to hold her, but within her eyes
I read a new strange meaning; faint they prayed,
“Oh, let me pass and taste the great surprise;
Behold me not reluctant nor afraid!”
“Nay, I will strive with God for this!” I cried,        5
“As man with man, like Jacob at the brook,
Only be thou, dear heart, upon my side!”
“Be still,” she answered, “very still, and look!”
And straightway I discerned with inward dread
The multitudinous passing of white souls,        10
Who paused, each one with sad averted head,
And flashing of indignant aureoles.

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