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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
A Vision of Children
Thomas Ashe (1836–89)
I DREAM’D I saw a little brook
  Run rippling down the Strand;
With cherry-trees and apple-trees
  Abloom on either hand:
The sparrows gather’d from the Squares,        5
  Upon the branches green;
The pigeons flock’d from Palace-Yard,
  Afresh their wings to preen;
And children down St. Martin’s Lane,
  And out of Westminster,        10
Came trooping, many a thousand strong,
  With a bewilder’d air.
They hugg’d each other round the neck
  And titter’d for delight,
To see the yellow daffodils,        15
  And see the daisies white;
They roll’d upon the grassy slopes,
  And drank the water clear,
While ’busses the Embankment took,
  Asham’d to pass anear;        20
And sandwich-men stood still aghast,
  And costermongers smil’d;
And the policeman on his beat
  Pass’d, weeping like a child.


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