The Mute Lovers On the Railway Journey
The Collected Sonnets of Charles (Tennyson) Turner. Ed. F. B. Pinion and M. Pinion (London: MacMillan Press, 1988) : 189.
1They bade farwell; but neither spoke of love.
2The railway bore him off with rapid pace,
3He gazed awhile on Edith's garden grove,
4Till alien woodlands overlapp'd the place --
5Alas! he cried, how mutely did we part!
6I fear'd to test the truth I seemed to see.
7Oh! that the love dream in her timid heart
8Had sigh'd itself awake, and called for me!
9I could have answer'd with a ready mouth,
10And told a sweeter dream; but each forebore.
11He saw the hedgegrows fleeting to the north
12On either side, whilst he look'd sadly forth:
13Then set himself to face the vacant south,
14While fields and woods ran back to Edith More.
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