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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Phantasmion. A Fairy Tale (1837)
XII. “Full oft before some Gorgeous Fane”
By Sarah Coleridge (1802–1850)
 
(From Chapter XXXIX.)

FULL oft before some gorgeous fane
The youngling heifer bleeds and dies;
Her life-blood issuing forth amain,
While wreaths of incense climb the skies.
 
The mother wanders all around,        5
Through shadowy grove and lightsome glade;
Her foot-marks on the yielding ground
Will prove what anxious quest she made.
 
The stall where late her darling lay
She visits oft with eager look:        10
In restless movements wastes the day,
And fills with cries each neighbouring nook.
 
She roams along the willowy copse,
Where purest waters softly gleam:
But ne’er a leaf or blade she crops,        15
Nor crouches by the gliding stream.
 
No youthful kine, though fresh and fair,
Her vainly searching eyes engage;
No pleasant fields relieve her care,
No murmuring streams her grief assuage.        20
 
 
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