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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Night of Spring
By Thomas Westwood (1814–1888)
  SLOW, horses, slow,
  As thro’ the wood we go—
We would count the stars in heaven,
  Hear the grasses grow:
  Watch the cloudlets few        5
  Dappling the deep blue,
In our open palms outspread
  Catch the blessèd dew.
  Slow, horses, slow,
  As thro’ the wood we go—        10
We would see fair Dian rise
  With her huntress bow:
  We would hear the breeze
  Ruffling the dim trees,
Hear its sweet love-ditty set        15
  To endless harmonies.
  Slow, horses, slow,
  As thro’ the wood we go—
All the beauty of the night
  We would learn and know!        20

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