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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Wreck
 
John Ruskin (1819–1900)
 
 
ITS masts of might, its sails so free,
Had borne the scatheless keel
Through many a day of darken’d sea,
And many a storm of steel;
When all the winds were calm, it met        5
(With home-returning prore)
      With the lull
      Of the waves
  On a low lee shore.
 
The crest of the conqueror        10
On many a brow was bright;
The dew of many an exile’s eye
Had dimm’d the dancing sight;
And for love and for victory
One welcome was in store,        15
      In the lull
      Of the waves
  On a low lee shore.
 
The voices of the night are mute
Beneath the moon’s eclipse;        20
The silence of the fitful flute
Is on the dying lips.
The silence of my lonely heart
Is kept forevermore
      In the lull        25
      Of the waves
  On a low lee shore.
 

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