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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
A Seat for Three: Written on a Settle
By Walter Crane (1845–1915)
A SEAT for three, where host and guest
May side-by-side pass toast or jest;
  And be their number two or three,
  With elbow-room and liberty,
What need to wander east or west?        5
A book for thought, a nook for rest,
And, meet for fasting or for fest,
  In fair and equal parts to be
      A seat for three.
Then give you pleasant company,        10
For youth or elder shady tree;
  A roof for council or sequest,
  A corner in a homely nest;
Free, equal, and fraternally,
      A seat for three.        15

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