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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
In a Gondola
By Robert Browning (1812–1889)
 
THE MOTH’S kiss, first!
Kiss me as if you made believe
You were not sure, this eve,
How my face, your flower, had pursed
Its petals up; so, here and there        5
You brush it, till I grow aware
Who wants me, and wide ope I burst.
 
The bee’s kiss, now!
Kiss me as if you entered gay
My heart at some noonday,        10
A bud that dares not disallow
The claim, so all is render’d up,
And passively its shatter’d cup
Over your head to sleep I bow.
 
 
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