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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
An Æolian Harp
Michael Field
DOST thou not hear? Amid dun, lonely hills
Far off a melancholy music shrills,
As for a joy that no fruition fills.
Who live in that far country of the wind?
The unclaimed hopes, the powers but half-divined,        5
The shy, heroic passions of mankind.
And all are young in those reverberant bands;
None marshals them, no mellow voice commands;
They whirl and eddy as the shifting sands.
There, there is ruin, and no ivy clings;        10
There pass the mourners for untimely things,
There breaks the stricken cry of crownless kings.
But ever and anon there spreads a boom
Of wonder through the air, arraigning doom
With ineffectual plaint as from a tomb.        15


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