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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Too Late
William James Linton (1812–97)
YES! thou art fair, and I had lov’d
If we in earlier hours had met;
But ere tow’rd me thy beauty mov’d
The sun of Love’s brief day had set.
Though I may watch thy opening bloom,        5
And its rich promise gladly see,
’T will not procrastinate my doom:
The ripen’d fruit is not for me.
Yet, had I shar’d thy course of years,
And young as Hope beheld thy charms,        10
The love that only now endears
Perchance had given thee to my arms.
Vain, vain regret! Another day
Will kiss the buds of younger flowers,
But ne’er will evening turn away        15
From love untimelier than ours.


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