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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
On the Way to Kew
By William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)
ON the way to Kew,
By the river old and gray,
Where in the Long Ago
We laugh’d and loiter’d so,
I met a ghost to-day,        5
A ghost that told of you—
A ghost of low replies
And sweet inscrutable eyes
    Coming up from Richmond
As you used to do.        10
By the river old and gray,
The enchanted Long Ago
Murmur’d and smiled anew.
On the way to Kew,
March had the laugh of May,        15
The bare boughs look’d aglow,
And old immortal words
Sang in my breast like birds,
    Coming up from Richmond
As I used with you.        20
With the life of Long Ago
Lived my thought of you.
By the river old and gray
Flowing his appointed way
As I watch’d I knew        25
What is so good to know:
Not in vain, not in vain,
I shall look for you again
    Coming up from Richmond
On the way to Kew.        30

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