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

William Watson 1858–1935

Epigrams. I. To a Seabird


FAIN would I have thee barter fates with me,—

Lone loiterer where the shells like jewels be,

Hung on the fringe and frayed hem of the sea.

But no,—’t were cruel, wild-wing’d Bliss! to thee.