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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Carpe Diem
 
Théophile Julius Henry Marzials (b. 1850)
 
 
TO-DAY, what is there in the air
That makes December seem sweet May?
  There are no swallows anywhere,
  Nor crocuses to crown your hair,
And hail you down my garden way.        5
 
Last night the full moon’s frozen stare
  Struck me, perhaps; or did you say
Really,—you ’d come, sweet friend and fair!
            To-day?
 
To-day is here:—come! crown to-day        10
  With Spring’s delight or Spring’s despair,
Love cannot bide old Time’s delay:—
Down my glad gardens light winds play,
  And my whole life shall bloom and bear
            To-day?        15
 

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