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

Joseph Skipsey b. 1832

The Dewdrop

AH, be not vain. In yon flower-bell,

As rare a pearl, did I appear,

As ever grew in ocean shell,

To dangle at a Helen’s ear.

So was I till a cruel blast

Arose and swept me to the ground,

When, in the jewel of the past,

Earth but a drop of water found.