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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
On a Spring-board
By Edward Cracroft Lefroy (1855–1891)
 
THE LIGHT falls gently from the dormer-panes,
  And sleeps upon the water sleeping too,—
  Such water as the fond Boeotian knew
When in the liquid fount he view’d the stains
Of his own love-looks. What sweet idlesse reigns        5
  From gleam to gleam, and makes the soul in view
  Of long’d-for bliss a longer path pursue,
And still be hoping while she still refrains?
 
Now see me work a deed exceeding rash!
There sinks my pocket-wealth of hoarded cash        10
  Through the green floor. So did the Samian king,
  Blest overmuch, engulph the fateful ring;
  But here are no fat fish to bolt and bring
My treasure back from limbo, therefore—splash!
 
 
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