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

George Francis Savage-Armstrong b. 1845

The Mystery

YEAR after year

The leaf and the shoot;

The babe and the nestling,

The worm at the root;

The bride at the altar,

The corpse on the bier—

The Earth and its story,

Year after year.

Whither are tending,

And whence do they rise,

The cycles of changes,

The worlds in their skies,

The seasons that roll’d

Ere I flash’d from the gloom,

And will roll on as now

When I ’m dust in the tomb?