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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Why
By Bliss Carman (1861–1929)
 
FOR a name unknown,
Whose fame unblown
Sleeps in the hills
  For ever and aye;
 
For her who hears        5
The stir of the years
Go by on the wind
  By night and day;
 
And heeds no thing
Of the needs of spring,        10
Of autumn’s wonder
  Or winter’s chill;
 
For one who sees
The great sun freeze,
As he wanders a-cold        15
  From hill to hill;
 
And all her heart
Is a woven part
Of the flurry and drift
  Of whirling snow;        20
 
For the sake of two
Sad eyes and true,
And the old, old love
  So long ago.
 
 
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