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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
John Addington Symonds (1840–93)
GIVE me thyself! It were as well to cry:
Give me the splendor of this night of June!
Give me yon star upon the swart lagoon
Trembling in unapproach’d serenity!
Our gondola, that four swift oarsmen ply,        5
Shoots from the darkening Lido’s sandy dune,
Splits with her steel the mirrors of the moon,
Shivers the star-beams that before us fly.
Give me thyself! This prayer is even a knell,
Warning me back to mine own impotence.        10
Self gives not self; and souls sequester’d dwell
In the dark fortalice of thought and sense,
Where, though life’s prisoners call from cell to cell,
Each pines alone and may not issue thence.


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