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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Songs from “Sylvia; Or, the May Queen.” I. Chorus of Spirits
 
George Darley (1795–1846)
 
 
GENTLY!—gently!—down!—down!
  From the starry courts on high,
Gently step adown, down
  The ladder of the sky.
 
Sunbeam steps are strong enough        5
  For such airy feet:
Spirits, blow your trumpets rough,
  So as they be sweet!
 
Breathe them loud, the Queen descending,
  Yet a lowly welcome breathe,        10
Like so many flowerets bending
  Zephyr’s breezy foot beneath.
 

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