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But she abideth silent, fair,
All shaded by her flaxen hair
The blushes come and go;
I look, and I no more can speak
Sometimes the roses by the latch
When from their drifts her board I clear,
Oft have I wooed sweet Lettice White
When we two were apart.
How gently rock yon poplars high
With heaven's pale candles stored!
Beside her ironing-board!
"COME out and hear the waters shoot, the owlet hoot, the owlet hoot;
Yon crescent moon, a golden boat, hangs dim behind the
The dropping thorn makes white the grass, O sweetest lass, and sweetest lass;
Come out and smell the ricks of hay adown the croft with
"My granny nods before her wheel, and drops her reel, and drops her reel;
My father with his crony talks as gay as gay can be, O! But all the milk is yet to skim, ere light wax dim, ere light
How can I step adown the croft, my 'prentice lad, with
"And must ye bide, yet waiting's long, and love is strong, and love is strong;
And O! had I but served the time that takes so long to
And thou, my lass, by morning's light, wast all in white, wast all in white;
And parson stood within the rails, a-marrying me and
THE LONG WHITE SEAM.
As I came round the harbour buoy,
No wave the land-locked harbour stirred,
It's aye sewing ashore, my dear,
It's reef and furl, and haul the line,
I climbed to reach her cottage door;
Like a shaft of light her voice breaks forth,
As the shining water leaped of old
Aye longing to list anew,
Awake and in my dream,
But never a song she sang like this,
Fair fall the lights, the harbour lights,
And peace drop down on that low roof,
And the voice, my dear, that rang so clear,
All for the love of me.
For O, for O, with brows bent low,
THE SOLITARY REAPER.
THE SOLITARY REAPER.
BEHOLD her, single in the field,
No Nightingale did ever chaunt
A voice so thrilling ne'er was heard
Will no one tell me what she sings?-
Or is it some more humble lay,
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
Whate'er the theme, the Maiden sang
TO A LADY, WITH A GUITAR.
ARIEL to Miranda:-Take
This slave of music, for the sake