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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
The Death of Artemidora
By Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
 
‘ARTEMIDORA! Gods invisible,
  While thou art lying faint along the couch,
  Have tied the sandal to thy slender feet
And stand beside thee, ready to convey
  Thy weary steps where other rivers flow.        5
  Refreshing shades will waft thy weariness
  Away, and voices like thy own come near
And nearer, and solicit an embrace.’
Artemidora sighed, and would have prest
  The hand now pressing hers, but was too weak.        10
Trio stood over her dark hair unseen
  While thus Elpenor spoke. He lookt into
Eyes that had given light and life erewhile
  To those above them, but now dim with tears
And wakefulness. Again he spake of joy        15
  Eternal. At that word, that sad word, joy,
Faithful and fond her bosom heaved once more;
Her head fell back; and now a loud deep sob
Swelled thro’ the darkened chamber; ’twas not hers.
 
 
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