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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Prelude
 
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron (1809–92)
 
 
ENGLAND! since Shakespeare died no loftier day
  For thee than lights herewith a century’s goal,—
  Nor statelier exit of heroic soul
Conjoined with soul heroic,—nor a lay
Excelling theirs who made renowned thy sway        5
  Even as they heard the billows which outroll
  Thine ancient sea, and left their joy and dole
In song, and on the strand their mantles gray.
Star-rayed with fame thine Abbey windows loom
  Above his dust whom the Venetian barge        10
  Bore to the main; who passed the two-fold marge
To slumber in thy keeping,—yet make room
  For the great Laurifer, whose chanting large
And sweet shall last until our tongue’s far doom.
E. C. S.
 

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