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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
A Prayer
Selwyn Image (b. c.1850)
  DEAR, let me dream of love,
    Ah! though a dream it be!
  I ’ll ask no boon, above
    A word, a smile, from thee:
At most, in some still hour, one kindly thought of me.        5
  Sweet, let me gaze awhile
    Into those radiant eyes!
  I ’ll scheme not to beguile
    The heart, that deeper lies
Beneath them, than you star in night’s pellucid skies.        10
  Love, let my spirit bow
    In worship at thy shrine!
  I ’ll swear thou shalt not know
    One word from lips of mine,
An instant’s pain to send through that shy soul of thine.        15


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