Verse > Anthologies > Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. > A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895
Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel (1834–94)
THEY are waiting on the shore
For the bark to take them home;
They will toil and grieve no more;
The hour for release hath come.
All their long life lies behind,        5
Like a dimly blending dream;
There is nothing left to bind
To the realms that only seem.
They are waiting for the boat,
There is nothing left to do;        10
What was near them grows remote,
Happy silence falls like dew;
Now the shadowy bark is come,
And the weary may go home.
By still water they would rest,        15
In the shadow of the tree;
After battle sleep is best,
After noise tranquillity.


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