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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Songs’ End
John Payne (b. 1842)
THE CHIME of a bell of gold
  That flutters across the air,
The sound of a singing of old,
The end of a tale that is told,
  Of a melody strange and fair,        5
  of a joy that has grown despair:
For the things that have been for me
  I shall never have them again;
The skies and the purple sea,
And day like a melody,        10
  And night like a silver rain
  Of stars on forest and plain.
They are shut, the gates of the day;
  The night has fallen on me:
My life is a lightless way;        15
I sing yet, while as I may!
  Some day I shall cease, maybe:
  I shall live on yet, you will see.


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