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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
‘An aged man, who loved to doze away’
By Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
 
AN AGED man who loved to doze away
An hour by daylight, for his eyes were dim,
And he had seen too many suns go down
And rise again, dreamt that he saw two forms
Of radiant beauty; he would clasp them both,        5
But both flew stealthily away. He cried
In his wild dream,
                    ‘I never thought, O youth,
That thou, altho’ so cherisht, would’st return,
But I did think that he who came with thee,
Love, who could swear more sweetly than birds sing,        10
Would never leave me comfortless and lone.’
A sigh broke through his slumber, not the last.
 
 
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