Verse > Anthologies > Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. > A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895
Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
From “A Threnody: In Memory of Albert Darasz”
William James Linton (1812–97)
O BLESSED Dead! beyond all earthly pains:
  Beyond the calculation of low needs;
  Thy growth no longer chok’d by earthly weeds;
Thy spirit clear’d from care’s corrosive chains.
  O blessed Dead! O blessed Life-in-death,        5
  Transcending all life’s poor decease of breath!
Thou walkest not upon some desolate moor
  In the storm-wildering midnight, when thine own,
  Thy trusted friend, hath lagg’d and left thee lone.
He knows not poverty who, being poor,        10
  Hath still one friend. But he who fain had kept
  The comrade whom his zeal hath overstept.
Thou sufferest not the friendly cavilling
  Impugning motive; nor that worse than spear
  Of foeman,—biting doubt of one most dear        15
Laid in thy deepest heart, a barbed sting
  Never to be withdrawn. For we were friends:
  Alas! and neither to the other bends.
Thou hast escap’d continual falling off
  Of old companions; and that aching void        20
  Of the proud heart which has been over-buoy’d
With friendship’s idle breath; and now the scoff
  Of failure even as idly passeth by
  Thy poor remains:—Thou soaring through the sky.
Knowing no more that malady of hope—        25
  The sickness of deferral, thou canst look
  Thorough the heavens and, healthily patient, brook
Delay,—defeat. For in thy vision’s scope
  Most distant cometh. We might see it too,
  But dizzying faintness overveils our view.        30
And when disaster flings us in the dust,
  Or when we wearily drop on the highway-side,
  Or when in prison’d, exil’d depths the pride
Of suffering bows its head, as oft it must,
  We cannot, looking on thy wasted corse,        35
  Perceive the future. Lend us of thy force!


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