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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
The Unseen World. IV. Wife to Husband
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–94)
PARDON the faults in me,
  For the love of years ago:
I must drift across the sea,
  I must sink into the snow,        5
      I must die.
You can bask in this sun,
  You can drink wine, and eat:
I must gird myself and run        10
  Though with unready feet:
      I must die.
Blank sea to sail upon,
  Cold bed to sleep in:
      Good-by.        15
While you clasp, I must be gone
    For all your weeping:
      I must die.
A kiss for one friend,
  And a word for two,—        20
A lock that you must send,
  A kindness you must do:
      I must die.
Not a word for you.        25
  Not a lock or kiss,
We, one, must part in two;
  Verily death is this:
      I must die.        30


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