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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
William Drummond, of Hawthornden. 1585–1649
  
228. Spring Bereaved 3
  
ALEXIS, here she stay'd; among these pines, 
Sweet hermitress, she did alone repair; 
Here did she spread the treasure of her hair, 
More rich than that brought from the Colchian mines. 
She set her by these muskèd eglantines,         5
—The happy place the print seems yet to bear: 
Her voice did sweeten here thy sugar'd lines, 
To which winds, trees, beasts, birds, did lend their ear. 
Me here she first perceived, and here a morn 
Of bright carnations did o'erspread her face;  10
Here did she sigh, here first my hopes were born, 
And I first got a pledge of promised grace: 
  But ah! what served it to be happy so? 
  Sith passèd pleasures double but new woe? 
 
 
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