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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
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J. B. B. Nichols
 
 
THE LOVES that doubted, the loves that dissembled,
That still mistrusted themselves and trembled,
  That held back their hands and would not touch;
Who strained sad eyes to look more nearly,
And saw too curiously and clearly        5
  What others blindly clutch;
 
To whom their passion seemed only seeming,
Who dozed and dreamed they were only dreaming,
  And fell in a dusk of dreams on sleep;
When dreams and darkness are rent asunder,        10
And morn makes mock of their doubts and wonder,
  What should they do but weep?
 

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