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

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850–94

In the States


WITH half a heart I wander here

As from an age gone by,

A brother—yet though young in years,

An elder brother, I.

You speak another tongue than mine,

Though both were English born.

I towards the night of time decline,

You mount into the morn.

Youth shall grow great and strong and free,

But age must still decay:

To-morrow for the States—for me,

England and Yesterday.