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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Queen and Slave
By Mortimer Collins (1827–1876)
 
O HAPPY life, whose love is found!
  O happy love, whose life is free!
O happy strings whose soft notes sound
        Athwart the sea!
 
The sea has mistress in the moon,        5
  The moon has lover in the sea:
They meet too late, they part too soon—
        And so do we.
 
I am adored, yet must obey;
  I am a queen, and yet a slave.        10
It seems to me the self-same way
        With moon and wave.
 
O be it so! O let it be!
  O may I always rule and serve,
And live the life whose love is free,        15
        And never swerve!
 
 
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