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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Sands of Dee
 
Charles Kingsley (1819–75)
 
 
“O MARY, go and call the cattle home,
    And call the cattle home,
    And call the cattle home
  Across the sands of Dee!”
The western wind was wild and dank wi’ foam,        5
  And all alone went she.
 
The western tide crept up along the sand,
    And o’er and o’er the sand,
    And round and round the sand,
  As far as eye could see.        10
The rolling mist came down and hid the land—
  And never home came she.
 
“Oh! is it weed, or fish, or floating hair—
    A tress o’ golden hair,
    A drowned maiden’s hair        15
  Above the nets at sea?
Was never salmon yet that shone so fair
  Among the stakes on Dee.”
 
They row’d her in across the rolling foam,
    The cruel crawling foam,        20
    The cruel hungry foam,
  To her grave beside the sea:
But still the boatmen hear her call the cattle home
  Across the sands of Dee!
 

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