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

Rennell Rodd b. 1858

Then and Now

THERE never were such radiant noons,

Such roses, such fair weather,

Such nightingales, such mellow moons,

As while we were together!

But now the suns are poor and pale,

The cloudy twilight closes,

The mists have choked the nightingale,

The blight has killed the roses.