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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
To Youth
By Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
 
WHERE art thou gone, light-ankled Youth?
  With wing at either shoulder,
And smile that never left thy mouth
  Until the hours grew colder:
 
Then somewhat seem’d to whisper near        5
  That thou and I must part;
I doubted it: I felt no fear,
  No weight upon the heart:
 
If aught befell it, Love was by
  And roll’d it off again;        10
So, if there ever was a sigh,
  ’Twas not a sigh of pain.
 
I may not call thee back; but thou
  Returnest when the hand
Of gentle Sleep waves o’er my brow        15
  His poppy-crested wand;
 
Then smiling eyes bend over mine,
  Then lips once pressed invite;
But sleep hath given a silent sign,
  And both, alas! take flight.        20
 
 
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