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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
A Song
Frederic William Henry Myers (1843–1901)
THE POURING music, soft and strong,
  Some God within her soul has lit,
Her face is rosy with the song
  And her gray eyes are sweet with it.
A woman so with singing fir’d,        5
  Has earth a lovelier sight than this?
Oh, he that look’d had soon desir’d
  Those lips to fasten with a kiss.
But let not him that race begin
  Who seeks not toward its utmost goal;        10
Give me an hour for drinking in
  Her fragrant and her early soul.
To happier hearts I leave the rest,
  Who less and more than I shall know,
For me, world-weary, it is best        15
  To listen for an hour and go:
To lift her hand, and press, and part,
  And think upon her long and long,
And bear for ever in my heart
  The tender traces of a song.        20


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