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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
St. Valentine’s Day
By Wilfred Scawen Blunt (1840–1922)
 
TO-DAY, all day, I rode upon the down,
With hounds and horsemen, a brave company,
On this side in its glory lay the sea,
On that the Sussex weald, a sea of brown.
The wind was light, and brightly the sun shone,        5
And still we gallop’d on from gorse to gorse:
And once, when check’d, a thrush sang, and my horse
Prick’d his quick ears as to a sound unknown.
  I knew the Spring was come. I knew it even
Better than all by this, that through my chase        10
In bush and stone and hill and sea and heaven
I seem’d to see and follow still your face.
Your face my quarry was. For it I rode,
My horse a thing of wings, myself a god.
 
 
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