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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Tempora Acta
By E. Robert Bulwer, Lord Lytton (Owen Meredith) (1831–1891)
O FOR the times which were (if any
  Time be heroic) heroic indeed!
    When the men were few,
    And the deeds to do
Were mighty and many,        5
  And each man in his hand held a noble deed.
    Now the deeds are few,
      And the men are many,
      And each man has, at most, but a noble need.

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