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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Violet and the Rose
By Joseph Skipsey (1832–1903)
 
THE VIOLET invited my kiss,—
  I kiss’d it and call’d it my bride:
‘Was ever one slighted like this?’
  Sigh’d the Rose as it stood by my side.
 
My heart ever open to grief,        5
  To comfort the fair one I turn’d:
‘Of fickle ones thou art the chief!’
  Frown’d the Violet and pouted and mourn’d.
 
Then, to end all disputes I entwined
  The love-stricken blossoms in one;        10
But that instant their beauty declined,
  And I wept for the deed I had done!
 
 
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