Verse > Anthologies > Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. > A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895
Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Rosamund Marriott Watson (b. 1860)
SHALL we not weary in the windless days
Hereafter, for the murmur of the sea,
The cool salt air across some grassy lea?
Shall we not go bewildered through a maze
Of stately streets with glittering gems ablaze,        5
Forlorn amid the pearl and ivory,
Straining our eyes beyond the bourne to see
Phantoms from out Life’s dear, forsaken ways?
Give us again the crazy clay-built nest,
Summer, and soft unseasonable spring,        10
Our flowers to pluck, our broken songs to sing,
Our fairy gold of evening in the West;
Still to the land we love our longings cling,
The sweet, vain world of turmoil and unrest.


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