Verse > Anthologies > Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. > A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895
Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
For the Picture, “The Last of England”
Ford Madox Brown (1821–93)
“THE LAST of England! O’er the sea, my dear,
Our homes to seek amid Australian fields,
Us, not our million-acred island yields
The space to dwell in. Thrust out! Forced to hear
Low ribaldry from sots, and share rough cheer        5
With rudely-nurtur’d men. The hope youth builds
Of fair renown, barter’d for that which shields
Only the back, and half-form’d lands that rear
The dust-storm blistering up the grasses wild.
There learning skills not, nor the poet’s dream,        10
Nor aught so lov’d as children shall we see.”
She grips his listless hand and clasps her child,
Through rainbow tears she sees a sunnier gleam,
She cannot see a void, where he will be.


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