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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
‘Say ye, that years roll on’
By Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
SAY ye, that years roll on and ne’er return?
Say ye, the Sun who leaves them all behind,
Their great creator, cannot bring one back
With all his force, tho’ he draw worlds around?…
Witness me, little streams! that meet before        5
My happy dwelling; witness, Africo
And Mensola! that ye have seen at once
Twenty roll back, twenty as swift and bright
As are your swiftest and your brightest waves,
When the tall cypress o’er the Doccia        10
Hurls from his inmost boughs the latent snow.
  Go, and go happy, pride of my past days
And solace of my present, thou whom Fate
Alone hath severed from me! One step higher
Must yet be mounted, high as was the last;        15
Friendship, with faltering accent, says Depart!
And take the highest seat below the crowned.

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