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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Ballad
 
Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
 
 
IT was not in the winter
Our loving lot was cast;
It was the time of roses,
We pluck’d them as we pass’d.
 
That churlish season never frown’d        5
On early lovers yet:
Oh, no—the world was newly crown’d
With flowers when first we met!
 
’T was twilight, and I bade you go,
But still you held me fast;        10
It was the time of roses,
We pluck’d them as we pass’d.
 
What else could peer thy glowing cheek,
That tears began to stud?
And when I ask’d the like of Love,        15
You snatch’d a damask bud;
 
And op’d it to the dainty core,
Still glowing to the last.
It was the time of roses,
We pluck’d them as we pass’d.        20
 

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