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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
“With Pipe and Flute”
Austin Dobson (1840–1921)
WITH pipe and flute the rustic Pan
Of old made music sweet for man;
  And wonder hushed the warbling bird,
  And closer drew the calm-eyed herd,—
The rolling river slowlier ran.        5
Ah! would,—ah! would, a little span,
Some air of Arcady could fan
  This age of ours, too seldom stirred
            With pipe and flute!
But now for gold we plot and plan;        10
And, from Beersheba unto Dan,
  Apollo’s self might pass unheard,
  Or find the night-jar’s note preferred;—
Not so it fared, when time began,
            With pipe and flute!        15


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