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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Walter Crane 1845–1915

A Seat for Three


“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?

“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,

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.”