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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Her Confirmation
Selwyn Image (b. c.1850)
WHEN my Clorinda walks in white
Unto her Confirmation Rite,
  What sinless dove can show to heaven
A purer sight?
Beneath a lawn, translucent crown        5
Her lovely curls conceal their brown;
  Her wanton eyes are fastened, even,
Demurely down.
And that delicious mouth of rose
No words, no smile, may discompose:        10
  All of her feels the approaching awe,
And silent grows.
Come, then, Thou noiseless Spirit, and rest
Here, where she waits Thee for her Guest:
  Pass not, but sweetly onward draw,        15
Till heaven’s possessed!


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