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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Thomas Bailey Aldrich. 1836–1907
 
193. Nocturne
 
UP to her chamber window 
A slight wire trellis goes, 
And up this Romeo's ladder 
Clambers a bold white rose. 
  
I lounge in the ilex shadows,         5
I see the lady lean, 
Unclasping her silken girdle, 
The curtain's folds between. 
  
She smiles on her white-rose lover, 
She reaches out her hand  10
And helps him in at the window— 
I see it where I stand! 
  
To her scarlet lip she holds him, 
And kisses him many a time— 
Ah, me! it was he that won her  15
Because he dared to climb! 
 
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