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

Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864



THE DREAMY rhymer’s measur’d snore

Falls heavy on our ears no more;

And by long strides are left behind

The dear delights of woman-kind,

Who win their battles like their loves,

In satin waistcoats and kid gloves,

And have achiev’d the crowning work

When they have truss’d and skewer’d a Turk.

Another comes with stouter tread,

And stalks among the statelier dead.

He rushes on, and hails by turns

High-crested Scott, broad-breasted Burns,

And shows the British youth, who ne’er

Will lag behind, what Romans were,

When all the Tuscans and their Lars

Shouted, and shook the towers of Mars.