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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Of Alice in Wonderland
 
Lewis Carroll (1832–98)
 
 
A BOAT, beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July;
 
Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,        5
Pleased a simple tale to hear;—
 
Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die,
Autumn frosts have slain July.
 
Still she haunts me, phantom-wise,        10
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.
 
Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.        15
 
In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:
 
Ever drifting down the stream,
Lingering in the golden gleam,—        20
Life, what is it but a dream?
 

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