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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Dream
 
William Allingham (1824–89)
 
 
I HEARD the dogs howl in the moonlight night;
I went to the window to see the sight;
All the Dead that ever I knew
Going one by one and two by two.
 
On they pass’d, and on they pass’d;        5
Townsfellows all, from first to last;
Born in the moonlight of the lane,
Quench’d in the heavy shadow again.
 
Schoolmates, marching as when we play’d
At soldiers once—but now more staid;        10
Those were the strangest sight to me
Who were drown’d, I knew, in the awful sea.
 
Straight and handsome folk; bent and weak, too;
Some that I lov’d, and gasp’d to speak to;
Some but a day in their churchyard bed;        15
Some that I had not known were dead.
 
A long, long crowd—where each seem’d lonely,
Yet of them all there was one, one only,
Raised a head or look’d my way:
She linger’d a moment,—she might not stay.        20
 
How long since I saw that fair pale face!
Ah! Mother dear! might I only place
My head on thy breast, a moment to rest,
While thy hand on my tearful cheek were prest!
 
On, on a moving bridge they made        25
Across the moon-stream, from shade to shade,
Young and old, women and men;
Many long-forgot, but remember’d then.
 
And first there came a bitter laughter;
A sound of tears the moment after;        30
And then a music so lofty and gay,
That every morning, day by day,
I strive to recall it if I may.
 

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