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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Poetic Land
By William Caldwell Roscoe (1823–1859)
 
THE BUBBLE of the silver-springing waves,
  Castalian music, and that flattering sound,
Low rustle of the loved Apollian leaves
  With which my youthful hair was to be crown’d.
Grow dimmer in my ears; while Beauty grieves        5
  Over her votary less frequent found;
And, not untouch’d by storms, my life-boat heaves
  Thro’ the splash’d ocean-waters, outward bound.
 
And as the leaning mariner, his hand
  Clasp’d on his oar, strives trembling to reclaim        10
Some loved lost echo from the fleeting strand,
So lean I back to the poetic land;
  And in my heart a sound, a voice, a name
  Hangs, as above the lamp hangs the expiring flame.
 
 
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