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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Song: ‘If once I could gather in song’
By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (1878–1962)
IF once I could gather in song
A flower from my garden of dreams—
  The dew from its petals unshaken,
  When starry and bright they awaken—
All men to the wonder would throng.        5
Though ever at dawning I go
By the marge of the life-giving streams
  That, shadow’d by blossoms upspringing,
  Remember the hills in their singing,
The fells of their birth in their flow;        10
Or early or late though I fare
To gather my garden of dreams
  For the barren, forsaken and lonely;
  I bring from the shadow-world only
Pale blossoms that perish in air.        15

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