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

Eugene Lee-Hamilton b. 1845

Sunken Gold

IN dim green depths rot ingot-laden ships;

And gold doubloons, that from the drowned hand fell,

Lie nestled in the ocean-flower’s bell

With love’s old gifts, once kissed by long-drowned lips;

And round some wrought gold cup the sea-grass whips,

And hides lost pearls, near pearls still in their shell,

Where sea-weed forests fill each ocean dell

And seek dim sunlight with their restless tips.

So lie the wasted gifts, the long-lost hopes

Beneath the now hushed surface of myself,

In lonelier depths than where the diver gropes;

They lie deep, deep; but I at times behold

In doubtful glimpses, on some reefy shelf,

The gleam of irrecoverable gold.