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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Brook-Side
 
Richard Monckton Milnes Houghton, 1st Baron (1809–85)
 
 
I WANDER’D by the brook-side,
I wander’d by the mill;
I could not hear the brook flow,
The noisy wheel was still;
There was no burr of grasshopper,        5
No chirp of any bird,
But the beating of my own heart
Was all the sound I heard.
 
I sat beneath the elm-tree;
I watch’d the long, long shade,        10
And, as it grew still longer,
I did not feel afraid;
For I listen’d for a footfall,
I listen’d for a word,
But the beating of my own heart        15
Was all the sound I heard.
 
He came not,—no, he came not—
The night came on alone,
The little stars sat, one by one,
Each on his golden throne;        20
The evening wind pass’d by my cheek,
The leaves above were stirr’d,
But the beating of my own heart
Was all the sound I heard.
 
Fast silent tears were flowing,        25
When something stood behind;
A hand was on my shoulder,
I knew its touch was kind:
It drew me nearer—nearer,
We did not speak one word,        30
For the beating of our own hearts
Was all the sound we heard.
 

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