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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
With a Copy of Herrick
 
Sir Edmund William Gosse (1849–1928)
 
 
FRESH with all airs of woodland brooks
      And scents of showers,
Take to your haunt of holy books
      This saint of flowers.
 
When meadows burn with budding May,        5
      And heaven is blue,
Before his shrine our prayers we say,—
      Saint Robin true.
 
Love crowned with thorns is on his staff,—
      Thorns of sweet briar;        10
His benediction is a laugh,
      Birds are his choir.
 
His sacred robe of white and red
      Unction distils;
He hath a nimbus round his head        15
      Of daffodils.
 

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