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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
Hesperus’ Song (from The Bride’s Tragedy, Act i)
By Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849)
POOR old pilgrim Misery,
  Beneath the silent moon he sate,
A-listening to the screech-owl’s cry,
  And the cold wind’s goblin prate;
Beside him lay his staff of yew        5
  With withered willow twined,
His scant grey hair all wet with dew,
  His cheeks with grief ybrined;
    And his cry it was ever, alack!
      Alack, and woe is me!        10
Anon a wanton imp astray
  His piteous moaning hears,
And from his bosom steals away
  His rosary of tears:
With his plunder fled that urchin elf,        15
  And hid it in your eyes,
Then tell me back the stolen pelf,
  Give up the lawless prize;
    Or your cry shall be ever, alack!
      Alack, and woe is me!        20

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