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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Song: ‘Why do the houses stand’
By George MacDonald (1824–1905)
 
WHY do the houses stand
  When they that built them are gone;
  When remaineth even of one
That lived there and loved and planned
Not a face, not an eye, not a hand,        5
  Only here and there a bone?
Why do the houses stand
  When they who built them are gone?
Oft in the moonlighted land
  When the day is overblown,        10
  With happy memorial moan
Sweet ghosts in a loving band
Roam through the houses that stand—
  For the builders are not gone.
 
 
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