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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Dirge in Woods
By George Meredith (1828–1909)
 
A WIND sways the pines,
        And below
Not a breath of wild air;
Still as the mosses that glow
On the flooring and over the lines        5
Of the roots here and there.
The pine-tree drops its dead;
They are quiet, as under the sea.
Overhead, overhead
Rushes life in a race,        10
As the clouds the clouds chase;
        And we go,
And we drop like the fruits of the tree,
        Even we,
        Even so.        15
 
 
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