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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
From “Torrismond”
Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–49)

Veronica. COME then, a song; a winding gentle song,
To lead me into sleep. Let it be low
As zephyr, telling secrets to his rose,
For I would hear the murmuring of my thoughts;
And more of voice than of that other music        5
That grows around the strings of quivering lutes;
But most of thought; for with my mind I listen,
And when the leaves of sound are shed upon it,
If there ’s no seed remembrance grows not there.
So life, so death; a song, and then a dream!        10
Begin before another dewdrop fall
From the soft hold of these disturbed flowers,
For sleep is filling up my senses fast,
And from these words I sink.

How many times do I love thee, dear?
  Tell me how many thoughts there be
    In the atmosphere
    Of a new-fall’n year,
Whose white and sable hours appear
  The latest flake of Eternity:        20
So many times do I love thee, dear.
How many times do I love again?
  Tell me how many beads there are
    In a silver chain
    Of evening rain,        25
Unravell’d from the tumbling main,
  And threading the eye of a yellow star:
So many times do I love again.
  Elvira. She sees no longer: leave her then alone,
Encompass’d by this round and moony night.        30
A rose-leaf for thy lips, and then goodnight:
  So life, so death; a song, and then a dream!


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