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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
The Lachrymatory
Charles Tennyson Turner (1808–79)
FROM out the grave of one whose budding years
Were cropp’d by death, when Rome was in her prime,
I brought the phial of his kinsman’s tears,
There placed, as was the wont of ancient time;
Round me, that night, in meads of asphodel,        5
The souls of the early dead did come and go,
Drawn by that flask of grief, as by a spell,
That long-imprison’d shower of human woe.
As round Ulysses, for the draught of blood,
The heroes throng’d, those spirits flock’d to me,        10
Where, lonely, with that charm of tears, I stood;
Two, most of all, my dreaming eyes did see;
The young Marcellus, young, but great and good,
And Tully’s daughter, mourn’d so tenderly.


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