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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
A Garden Song
By Henry Austin Dobson (1840–1921)
 
HERE in this sequester’d close
Bloom the hyacinth and rose,
Here beside the modest stock
Flaunts the flaring hollyhock;
Here, without a pang, one sees        5
Ranks, conditions, and degrees.
 
All the seasons run their race
In this quiet resting-place;
Peach and apricot and fig
Here will ripen and grow big;        10
Here is store and overplus,—
More had not Alcinous!
 
Here, in alleys cool and green,
Far ahead the thrush is seen;
Here along the southern wall        15
Keeps the bee his festival;
All is quiet else—afar
Sounds of toil and turmoil are.
 
Here be shadows large and long;
Here be spaces meet for song;        20
Grant, O garden-god, that I,
Now that none profane is nigh,—
Now that mood and moment please,—
Find the fair Pierides!
 
 
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