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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
“Since Cleopatra Died”
By Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823–1911)
 
             “Since Cleopatra died
I have lived in such dishonor, that the world
Doth wonder at my baseness.”

“SINCE Cleopatra died!” Long years are past,
  In Antony’s fancy, since the deed was done.
  Love counts its epochs, not from sun to sun,
  But by the heart-throb. Mercilessly fast
Time has swept onward since she looked her last        5
  On life, a queen. For him the sands have run
  Whole ages through their glass, and kings have won
  And lost their empires o’er earth’s surface vast
Since Cleopatra died. Ah! Love and Pain
  Make their own measure of all things that be.        10
  No clock’s slow ticking marks their deathless strain;
The life they own is not the life we see;
  Love’s single moment is eternity;
  Eternity, a thought in Shakespeare’s brain.

  1888.
 
 
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