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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
The Mother
By Sara Coleridge (1802–1852)
FULL oft beside some gorgeous fane
  The youngling heifer bleeds and dies;
Her life-blood issuing forth amain,
  While wreaths of incense climb the skies.
The mother wanders all around,        5
  Thro’ shadowy grove and lightsome glade;
Her footmarks on the yielding ground
  Will prove what anxious quest she made.
The stall where late her darling lay
  She visits oft with eager look;        10
In restless movements wastes the day,
  And fills with cries each neighb’ring nook.
She roams along the willowy copse,
  Where purest waters softly gleam;
But ne’er a leaf or blade she crops,        15
  Nor couches by the gliding stream.
No youthful kine, tho’ fresh and fair,
  Her vainly searching eyes engage;
No pleasant fields relieve her care,
  No murmuring streams her grief assuage.        20

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