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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
For a Fountain
By Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
 
REST! This little Fountain runs
  Thus for aye:—It never stays
For the look of summer suns,
  Nor the cold of winter days.
Whosoe’er shall wander near,        5
  When the Syrian heat is worst,
Let him hither come, nor fear
  Lest he may not slake his thirst:
He will find this little river
Running still, as bright as ever.        10
Let him drink, and onward hie,
Bearing but in thought, that I,
EROTAS, bade the Naiad fall,
And thank the great god Pan for all!
 
 
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