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

Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st earl of Lytton 1831–91

Tempora Acta


O, FOR the times which were (if any

Time be heroic) heroic indeed!

When the men were few,

And the deeds to do

Were mighty, and many,

And each man in his hand held a noble deed.

Now the deeds are few,

And the men are many,

And each man has, at most, but a noble need.