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XIV.

And they stared at the dead that had
been so valiant and true,
And had holden the power and glory of
Spain so cheap

That he dared her with one little ship
and his English few;
Was he devil or man? He was devil
for aught they knew,
But they sank his body with honour down
into the deep,
And they mann'd the Revenge with a
swarthier alien crew,
And away she sail'd with her loss and
long'd for her own;

When a wind from the lands they had ruin'd awoke from sleep, And the water began to heave and the weather to moan,

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O diviner light,

Thro' the cloud that roofs our noon with night,

Thro' the blotting mist, the blinding showers,

Far from out a sky for ever bright,
Over all the woodland's flooded bowers,
Over all the meadow's drowning flowers,
Over all this ruin'd world of ours,
Break, diviner light!

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So that bright face was flash'd thro' sense and soul And by the poplar vanish'd to be found Long after, as it seem'd, beneath the tall Tree-bowers, and those long-sweeping beechen boughs Of our New Forest. I was there alone: The phantom of the whirling landaulet For ever past me by: when one quick peal Of laughter drew me thro' the glimmering glades

Down to the snowlike sparkle of a cloth On fern and foxglove. Lo, the face again, My Rosalind in this Arden - Edith - all One bloom of youth, health, beauty, happiness,

And moved to merriment at a passing

jest.

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