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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Two Songs from the Sanskrit
II. The Archer
By Douglas Ainslie (b. 1838)
THE ARCHER, the Archer!
  Though formless, alive;
His bow is of blossoms,
  His arrows but five.
So mobile the mask and        5
  So formless his mind:
How then can he harm me,
  The Archer that ’s blind?
But the pain that I suffer
  All doubting removes,        10
And the truth of this nonsense
  ’Tis loving that proves.

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