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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Featherstone’s Doom
 
Robert Stephen Hawker (1804–75)
 
 
TWIST thou and twine! in light and gloom
  A spell is on thine hand;
The wind shall be thy changeful loom,
  Thy web the shifting sand.
Twine from this hour, in ceaseless toil,        5
  On Blackrock’s sullen shore;
Till cordage of the sand shall coil
  Where crested surges roar.
’T is for that hour, when, from the wave,
  Near voices wildly cried;        10
When thy stern hand no succor gave,
  The cable at thy side.
Twist thou and twine! in light and gloom
  The spell is on thine hand;
The wind shall be thy changeful loom,        15
  Thy web the shifting sand.
 

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