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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
On the Bridge
 
Arthur Reed Ropes (b. 1859)
 
 
ALL the storm has rolled away,
  Only now a cloud or two
Drifts in ragged disarray
  Over the deep darkened blue;
And the risen golden moon        5
  Shakes the shadows of the trees
  Round the river’s stillnesses
And the birdsong of the June.
 
Under me the current glides,
  Brown and deep and dimly lit,        10
Soundless save against the sides
  Of the arch that narrows it;
And the only sound that grieves
  Is a noise that never stops,
  Footsteps of the falling drops        15
Down the ladders of the leaves.
 

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