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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Thaisa’s Dirge
 
Herman Charles Merivale (b. 1839)
 
 
THAISA fair, under the cold sea lying,
Sleeps the long sleep denied to her by Earth;
We, adding sighs unto the wild winds’ sighing,
With all our mourning under-mourn her worth:
The white waves toss their crested plumes above her,        5
Round sorrowing faces with the salt spray wet;
All are her lovers that once learn’d to love her,
And never may remember to forget;
Shells for her pillow Amphitrite bringeth,
And sad nymphs of the dank weed weave her shroud;        10
Old Triton’s horn her dirge to Ocean singeth,
Whose misty caverns swell the echo loud;
And, while the tides rock to and fro her bier,
What was Thaisa lies entombed here.
 

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