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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
To Alfred Tennyson
 
Robert Stephen Hawker (1804–75)
 
 
THEY told me in their shadowy phrase,
  Caught from a tale gone by,
That Arthur, King of Cornish praise,
  Died not, and would not die.
 
Dreams had they, that in fairy bowers        5
  Their living warrior lies,
Or wears a garland of the flowers
  That grow in Paradise.
 
I read the rune with deeper ken,
  And thus the myth I trace:—        10
A bard should rise, mid future men,
  The mightiest of his race.
 
He would great Arthur’s deeds rehearse
  On gray Dundagel’s shore;
And so the King in laurell’d verse        15
  Shall live, and die no more!
 

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