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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
The Sibyl
Thomas Gordon Hake (1809–94)
A MAID who mindful of her playful time
  Steps to her summer, bearing childhood on
To woman’s beauty, heedless of her prime:
  The early day but not the pastime gone:
She is the Sibyl, uttering a doom        5
Out of her spotless bloom.
She is the Sibyl; seek not, then, her voice;—
  A laugh, a song, a sorrow, but thy share,
With woes at hand for many who rejoice
  That she shall utter; that shall many hear;        10
That warn all hearts who seek of her their fates,
Her love but one awaits.
She is the Sibyl; days that distant lie
  Bend to the promise that her word shall give;
Already has she eyes that prophesy,        15
  For of her beauty shall all beauty live:
Unknown to her, in her slow opening bloom,
She turns the leaves of doom.


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