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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXVIII. Loneliness
Without Her
By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)
 
WHAT of her glass without her? The blank grey
  There where the pool is blind of the moon’s face.
  Her dress without her? The tossed empty space
Of cloud-rack whence the moon has passed away.
Her paths without her? Day’s appointed sway        5
  Usurped by desolate night. Her pillowed place
  Without her? Tears, ah me! for love’s good grace,
And cold forgetfulness of night or day.
 
What of the heart without her? Nay, poor heart,
  Of thee what word remains ere speech be still?        10
  A wayfarer by barren ways and chill,
Steep ways and weary, without her thou art,
Where the long cloud, the long wood’s counterpart,
  Sheds double darkness up the labouring hill.
 
 
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