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

Thomas Hood 1799–1845



FAREWELL, Life! my senses swim,

And the world is growing dim;

Thronging shadows cloud the light,

Like the advent of the night;

Colder, colder, colder still,

Upward steals a vapor chill;

Strong the earthy odor grows—

I smell the mould above the rose!

Welcome, Life! the Spirit strives!

Strength returns and hope revives;

Cloudy fears and shapes forlorn

Fly like shadows at the morn;

O’er the earth there comes a bloom;

Sunny light for sullen gloom,

Warm perfume for vapor cold—

I smell the rose above the mould!