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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Cleone to Aspasia
By Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
 
WE mind not how the sun in the mid-sky
  Is hastening on; but when the golden orb
Strikes the extreme of earth, and when the gulphs
  Of air and ocean open to receive him,
Dampness and gloom invade us; then we think        5
  Ah! thus it is with youth. Too fast his feet
Run on for sight; hour follows hour; fair maid
  Succeeds fair maid; bright eyes bestar his couch;
The cheerful horn awakens him; the feast,
  The revel, the entangling dance, allure,        10
And voices mellower than the Muse’s own
  Heap up his buoyant bosom on their wave.
A little while, and then…. Ah youth! youth! youth!
  Listen not to my words … but stay with me!
When thou art gone, Life may go too; the sigh        15
  That rises is for thee, and not for Life.
 
 
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