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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
“The Father”
George Francis Savage-Armstrong (b. 1845)
IF it were only a dream,
  Were it not good to cherish,
Seeing to lose its beam
  Is in despair to perish—
Maker and Father and Friend,        5
  Yearning in pity to guide me,
Leading me on to the end,
  Ever in love beside me,
Never in storm or gloom
  Deaf to a cry of sorrow,        10
Kindling beyond the tomb
  Light of an endless morrow?
Yea, if ’t were only a dream,
  Better it were to clasp it,
Brood on it until it seem        15
  Real as the lives that grasp it.
Helpless, feeble, and lost,
  Groping in Wisdom’s traces,
Whirl’d like a leaf, and tost
  Out in the awful spaces,—        20
Oh, how the heart betray’d
  Bounds, into life upleaping,
Trusting that He who made
  Watch over all is keeping!

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