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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Walter Savage Landor. 1775–1864
  
567. Absence
  
HERE, ever since you went abroad, 
  If there be change no change I see: 
I only walk our wonted road, 
  The road is only walk'd by me. 
 
Yes; I forgot; a change there is—         5
  Was it of that you bade me tell? 
I catch at times, at times I miss 
  The sight, the tone, I know so well. 
 
Only two months since you stood here? 
  Two shortest months? Then tell me why  10
Voices are harsher than they were, 
  And tears are longer ere they dry. 
 
 
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