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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
A Memory of Earth
By ‘A. E.’ (George William Russell) (1867–1935)
IN the wet dusk silver-sweet,
  Down the violet-scented ways,
As I moved with quiet feet
  I was met by mighty days.
On the hedge the hanging dew        5
  Glass’d the eve and stars and skies;
While I gazed a madness grew
  Into thunder’d battle-cries.
Where the hawthorn glimmer’d white,
  Flashed the spear and fell the stroke,        10
Ah, what faces pale and bright
  Where the dazzling battle broke!
There a hero-hearted queen
  With young beauty lit the van.
Gone! the darkness flow’d between        15
  All the ancient wars of man.
While I paced the valley’s gloom,
  Where the rabbits patter’d near,
Shone a temple and a tomb
  With a legend carven clear:        20
Time put by a myriad fates
  That her day might dawn in glory:
Death made wide a million gates
  So to close her tragic story.

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