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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Robert Browning
 
Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
 
 
THERE is delight in singing, though none hear
Beside the singer; and there is delight
In praising, though the praiser sit alone
And see the prais’d far off him, far above.
Shakespeare is not our poet, but the world’s,        5
Therefore on him no speech! and brief for thee,
Browning! Since Chaucer was alive and hale,
No man hath walk’d along our roads with step
So active, so inquiring eye, or tongue
So varied in discourse. But warmer climes        10
Give brighter plumage, stronger wing: the breeze
Of Alpine heights thou playest with, borne on
Beyond Sorrento and Amalfi, where
The Siren waits thee, singing song for song.
 

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