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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Epithalamium
By Edmund Gosse (1849–1928)
 
HIGH in the organ-loft with lilied hair,
  Love plied the pedals with his snowy foot,
  Pouring forth music like the scent of fruit,
And stirring all the incense-laden air;
We knelt before the altar’s gold rail, where        5
  The priest stood robed, with chalice and palm-shoot,
  With music-men who bore citole and lute
Behind us, and the attendant virgins fair.
 
And so our red aurora flash’d to gold,
  Our dawn to sudden sun; and all the while        10
The high-voiced children trebled clear and cold,
  The censer-boys went swinging down the aisle,
And far above, with fingers strong and sure,
Love closed our lives’ triumphant overture.
 
 
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