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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Kate Temple’s Song
 
Mortimer Collins (b. 1827)
 
 
ONLY a touch, and nothing more:
Ah! but never so touch’d before!
Touch of lip, was it? Touch of hand?
Either is easy to understand.
Earth may be smitten with fire or frost—        5
Never the touch of true love lost.
 
Only a word, was it? Scarce a word!
Musical whisper, softly heard,
Syllabled nothing—just a breath—
’T will outlast life, and ’t will laugh at death.        10
Love with so little can do so much—
Only a word, sweet! Only a touch!
 

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