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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
December 14
To the Princess Alice
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
          Second daughter of Queen Victoria. She died on Dec. 14, 1878, exactly seventeen years after her father, Prince Albert.

DEAD Princess, living Power, if that, which lived
True life, live on—and if the fatal kiss,
Born of true life and love—divorce thee not
From earthly love and life—if what we call
The spirit flash not all at once from out        5
This shadow into Substance—then perhaps
The mellowed murmur of the people’s praise
From thine own State, and all our breadth of realm,
Where Love and Longing dress thy deeds in light,
Ascends to thee; and this March morn that sees        10
Thy Soldier-brother’s bridal orange-bloom
Break through the yews and cypress of thy grave,
And thine Imperial mother smile again,
May send one ray to thee! and who can tell—
Thou—England’s England-loving daughter—thou        15
Dying so English thou wouldst have her flag
Borne on thy coffin—where is he can swear
But that some broken gleam from our poor earth
May touch thee, while remembering thee, I lay
At thy pale feet this ballad of the deeds        20
Of England, and her banner in the East?

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