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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
‘Ah! what avails the sceptered race!’
By Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
AH! what avails the sceptered race!
  Ah! what the form divine!
What every virtue, every grace!
  Rose Aylmer, all were thine.
Rose Aylmer, whom these wakeful eyes        5
  May weep, but never see,
A night of memories and sighs
  I consecrate to thee.

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