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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Songs from “The Brides’ Tragedy.” I. Hesperus Sings
Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–49)
POOR old pilgrim Misery,
  Beneath the silent moon he sate,
A-listening to the screech owl’s cry
  And the cold wind’s goblin prate;
Beside him lay his staff of yew        5
  With wither’d willow twin’d,
His scant gray hair all wet with dew,
  His cheeks with grief ybrin’d;
    And his cry it was ever, alack!
      Alack, and woe is me!        10
Anon a wanton imp astray
  His piteous moaning hears,
And from his bosom steals away
  His rosary of tears:
With his plunder fled that urchin elf,        15
  And hid it in your eyes;
Then tell me back the stolen pelf,
  Give up the lawless prize;
    Or your cry shall be ever, alack!
      Alack, and woe is me!        20


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