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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
A Birthday
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
MY heart is like a singing bird
  Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
  Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell        5
  That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
  Because my love is come to me.
 
Raise me a daïs of silk and down;
  Hang it with vair and purple dyes;        10
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
  And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
  In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life        15
  Is come, my love is come to me.
 
 
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