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

Sir Edmund William Gosse 1849–1928

With a Copy of Herrick


FRESH with all airs of woodland brooks

And scents of showers,

Take to your haunt of holy books

This saint of flowers.

When meadows burn with budding May,

And heaven is blue,

Before his shrine our prayers we say,—

Saint Robin true.

Love crowned with thorns is on his staff,—

Thorns of sweet briar;

His benediction is a laugh,

Birds are his choir.

His sacred robe of white and red

Unction distils;

He hath a nimbus round his head

Of daffodils.