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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.

Alfred Tennyson, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
A SPIRIT 1 haunts the year’s last hours
Dwelling amid these yellowing bowers:
    To himself he talks;
For at eventide listening earnestly,
At his work you may hear him sob and sigh        5
    In the walks:
Earthward he boweth the heavy stalks
    Of the mouldering flowers:
  Heavily hangs the broad sunflower
    Over its grave i’ the earth so chilly;        10
  Heavily hangs the hollyhock,
    Heavily hangs the tiger lily …
Note 1. Tennyson. Song. ‘Poems, chiefly lyrical’. 1830. The first stanza of two. [back]

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