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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Francis William Bourdillon (b. 1852)
HE came to call me back from death
  To the bright world above.
I hear him yet with trembling breath
  Low calling, “O sweet love!
Come back! The earth is just as fair;        5
The flowers, the open skies are there;
  Come back to life and love!”
Oh! all my heart went out to him,
  And the sweet air above.
With happy tears my eyes were dim;        10
  I called him, “O sweet love!
I come, for thou art all to me.
Go forth, and I will follow thee,
  Right back to life and love!”
I followed through the cavern black;        15
  I saw the blue above.
Some terror turned me to look back:
  I heard him wail, “O love!
What hast thou done! What hast thou done!”
And then I saw no more the sun,        20
  And lost were life and love.


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