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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
His Banner over Me
Gerald Massey (b. 1828)
SURROUNDED by unnumber’d foes,
Against my soul the battle goes!
Yet though I weary, sore distrest,
I know that I shall reach my rest:
  I lift my tearful eyes above,—        5
  His banner over me is love.
Its sword my spirit will not yield,
Though flesh may faint upon the field;
He waves before my fading sight
The branch of palm,—the crown of light;        10
  I lift my brightening eyes above,—
  His banner over me is love.
My cloud of battle-dust may dim,
His veil of splendor curtain him!
And in the midnight of my fear        15
I may not feel him standing near;
  But, as I lift mine eyes above,
  His banner over me is love.


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