New Poems, by Francis Thompson.
Dedication to Coventry Patmore.
Lo, my book thinks to look Time's leaguer down,
Under the banner of your spread renown!
Or if these levies of impuissant rhyme
Fall to the overthrow of assaulting Time,
Yet this one page shall fend oblivious shame,
Armed with your crested and prevailing Name.
Note.--This dedication was written while the dear friend and great
Poet to whom it was addressed yet lived. It is left as he saw it--
the last verses of mine that were ever to pass under his eyes.
SIGHT AND INSIGHT.