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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Solemn Rondeau
By Charles Dent Bell (1818–1898)
BEFORE he pass’d from mortal view
To where he sleeps beneath the yew
  He said ‘Weep not: to thee I’ll come,
  If spirits ever leave that home
Thro’ whose dark gates I go from you.’        5
How firm his promise well I knew;
So as he spake life sweeter grew,
  And flower’d again my heart in bloom,
    Before he pass’d.
Alas! the sweet hope is not true;        10
He may not tread the avenue
  That leadeth from the nether gloom;
  Else would he come to this dear room,
I heard his vow,—God heard it too,
    Before he pass’d!        15

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