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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
“When I Am Dead”
Rennell Rodd (b. 1858)
WHEN I am dead, my spirit
  Shall wander far and free,
Through realms the dead inherit
  Of earth and sky and sea;
Through morning dawn and gloaming,        5
  By midnight moons at will,
By shores where the waves are foaming,
  By seas where the waves are still.
I, following late behind you,
  In wingless sleepless flight,        10
Will wander till I find you,
  In sunshine or twilight;
With silent kiss for greeting
  On lips and eyes and head,
In that strange after-meeting        15
  Shall love be perfected.
We shall lie in summer breezes
  And pass where whirlwinds go,
And the northern blast that freezes
  Shall bear us with the snow.        20
We shall stand above the thunder,
  And watch the lightnings hurled
At the misty mountains under,
  Of the dim forsaken world.
We shall find our footsteps’ traces,        25
  And passing hand in hand
By old familiar places,
  We shall laugh, and understand.


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