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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Songs from “The Princess.” VI. Ask Me No More
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron (1809–92)
ASK me no more: the moon may draw the sea;
  The cloud may stoop from heaven and take the shape
  With fold to fold, of mountain or of cape;
But O too fond, when have I answer’d thee?
            Ask me no more.        5
Ask me no more: what answer should I give?
  I love not hollow cheek or faded eye:
  Yet, O my friend, I will not have thee die!
Ask me no more, lest I should bid thee live;
            Ask me no more.        10
Ask me no more: thy fate and mine are seal’d:
  I strove against the stream and all in vain:
  Let the great river take me to the main:
No more, dear love, for at a touch I yield;
            Ask me no more.        15


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