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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Dewdrop, Wind and Sun
By Joseph Skipsey (1832–1903)
 
I
AH, be not vain! In yon flower-bell
  As rare a pearl did I appear,
As ever grew in ocean shell,
  To dangle at a Helen’s ear.
 
So was I till a cruel blast        5
  Arose and swept me to the ground,
When, in a jewel of the past,
  Earth but a drop of water found.
 
II
‘Queen Pearl ’s our equal—nay,
  A fairer far am I,’ May Dewdrop said,        10
As Sol at break of day
  Did kiss the sparkler on her grass-blade bed.
 
‘None may my charms resist!’
  ‘None,’ Sol still kissing answer’d, when alas!
The proud one turn’d to mist,        15
  And with her pride did into Lethe pass.
 
 
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