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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Death As the Teacher of Love-Lore
Frank T. Marzials (b. 1840)
’T WAS in mid autumn, and the woods were still.
A brooding mist from out the marshlands lay
Like age’s clammy hand upon the day,
Soddening it;—and the night rose dank and chill.
I watched the sere leaves falling, falling, till        5
Old thoughts, old hopes, seemed fluttering too away,
And then I sighed to think how life’s decay,
And change, and time’s mischances, Love might kill.
Sudden a shadowy horseman, at full speed
Spurring a pale horse, passed me swiftly by,        10
And mocking shrieked, “Thy love is dead indeed,
Haste to the burial!”—With a bitter cry
I swooned, and wake to wonder at my creed,
Learning from Death that Love can never die.


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