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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
To a Greek Girl
 
Austin Dobson (1840–1921)
 
 
WITH breath of thyme and bees that hum,
Across the years you seem to come,—
  Across the years with nymph-like head,
  And wind-blown brows unfilleted;
A girlish shape that slips the bud        5
  In lines of unspoiled symmetry;
A girlish shape that stirs the blood
  With pulse of Spring, Autonoë!
 
Where’er you pass,—where’er you go,
I hear the pebbly rillet flow;        10
  Where’er you go,—where’er you pass,
  There comes a gladness on the grass;
You bring blithe airs where’er you tread,—
  Blithe airs that blow from down and sea;
You wake in me a Pan not dead,—        15
  Not wholly dead!—Autonoë!
 
How sweet with you on some green sod
To wreathe the rustic garden-god;
  How sweet beneath the chestnut’s shade
  With you to weave a basket-braid;        20
To watch across the stricken chords
  Your rosy-twinkling fingers flee;
To woo you in soft woodland words,
  With woodland pipe, Autonoë!
 
In vain,—in vain! The years divide:        25
Where Thamis rolls a murky tide,
  I sit and fill my painful reams,
  And see you only in my dreams;—
A vision, like Alcestis, brought
  From under-lands of Memory,—        30
A dream of Form in days of Thought,—
  A dream,—a dream, Autonoë!
 

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