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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From The Churchyard on the Sands

Lord De Tabley (1835–1895)
MY 1 Love lies in the gates of foam,
  The last dear wreck of shore:
The naked sea-march binds her home,
  The sand her chamber door.
The grey gull flaps the written stones,        5
  The ox-birds chase the tide:
And near that narrow field of bones
  Great ships at anchor ride …
In peace the swallow’s eggs are laid
  Along the belfry walls;        10
The tempest does not reach her shade,
  The rain her silent halls …
Strong and alone, my Dove, with thee;
  And tho’ mine eyes be wet,
There ’s nothing in the world to me        15
  So dear as my regret …
Sleep and forget all things but one,
  Heard in each wave of sea,—
How lonely all the years will run
  Until I rest by thee.        20
Note 1. De Tabley. From The churchyard on the sands. ‘Poems Dram. & Lyrical’. Lane, 1893, p. 82. [back]

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