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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Rosa Nascosa
By Maurice Hewlett (1861–1923)
 
MORE than those
Enfranchised beauties her perfection shows,
Like a concealèd rose,
But to the thickets where she lieth close.
 
These libertines        5
Encompass her with hardy-visaged spines;
She frets not nor repines,
But does their bidding meekly, and resigns
 
Herself to be
Their bond-servant, who shall be more than free        10
Having a liberty
There where her soul can fear no enemy.
 
There she doth find
All broad dominion and a heaven all kind,
In her unravisht mind        15
Whereto her brute possessioners are blind.
 
Possession goes
No deeper than the surface; there are mines
Far down, whose sacred fee
And golden hold no trammelling can bind.        20
 
 
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