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

George Frederick Cameron 1854–87

Standing on Tiptoe

STANDING on tiptoe ever since my youth,

Striving to grasp the future just above,

I hold at length the only future—Truth,

And Truth is Love.

I feel as one who being awhile confined

Sees drop to dust about him all his bars:-

The clay grows less, and, leaving it, the mind

Dwells with the stars.