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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

The Test

Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)

I HELD her hand, the pledge of bliss,

Her hand that trembled and withdrew;

She bent her head before my kiss …

My heart was sure that hers was true.

Now I have told her I must part,

She shakes my hand, she bids adieu,

Nor shuns the kiss. Alas, my heart!

Hers never was the heart for you.