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

Austin Dobson 1840–1921

“In after Days”


IN after days when grasses high

O’er-top the stone where I shall lie,

Though ill or well the world adjust

My slender claim to honored dust,

I shall not question nor reply.

I shall not see the morning sky;

I shall not hear the night-wind sigh;

I shall be mute, as all men must

In after days!

But yet, now living, fain were I

That some one then should testify,

Saying—“He held his pen in trust

To Art, not serving shame or lust.”

Will none?—Then let my memory die

In after days!