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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Any Father to Any Son
By Francis Burdett Money-Coutts (1852–1923)
 
FOR thee a crown of thorns I wear,
  And thought imperative constrains
My labouring heart for thee to bear
  The travail of a woman’s pains;
 
For with intolerable preságe        5
  Of all the amazements of thy life,
The pits of ancient woe I gauge,
  The vast impediments of strife;
 
Or else in dreadful dreaming cast,
  I see thy form before me fly,        10
By prescience never overpast
  Nor fleetest foot that love can ply.
 
Still as thy shadow must I run,
  When all the shadows fall behind,
And in the rich seductive sun        15
  Thou to the darker bars art blind.
 
 
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