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

Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864

Child of a Day


CHILD of a day, thou knowest not

The tears that overflow thine urn,

The gushing eyes that read thy lot,

Nor, if thou knewest, couldst return.

And why the wish! the pure and blest

Watch like thy mother o’er thy sleep.

O peaceful night! O envied rest!

Thou wilt not ever see her weep.