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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Gifts Return’d
By Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
 
‘YOU must give back,’ her mother said,
To a poor sobbing little maid,
‘All the young man has given you,
Hard as it now may seem to do.’
  ‘’Tis done already, mother dear!’        5
Said the sweet girl, ‘So, never fear.’
  Mother.  Are you quite certain? Come, recount
(There was not much) the whole amount.
  Girl.  The locket: the kid gloves.
  Mother.                    Go on.
  Girl.  Of the kid gloves I found but one.        10
  Mother.  Never mind that. What else? Proceed.
You gave back all his trash?
  Girl.                Indeed.
  Mother.  And was there nothing you would save?
  Girl.  Everything I could give I gave.
  Mother.  To the last tittle?
  Girl.                Even to that.
        15
  Mother.  Freely?
  Girl.  My heart went pit-a-pat
At giving up . . ah me! ah me!
I cry so I can hardly see . .
All the fond looks and words that past,        20
And all the kisses, to the last.
 
 
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