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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Carol
By Louise Imogen Guiney (1861–1920)
 
VINES branching stilly
  Shade the open door
In the house of Sion’s lily
  Cleanly and poor.
O, brighter than wild laurel        5
  The Babe bounds in her hand!
The King, who for apparel
  Hath but a swaddling band,
Who sees her heavenlier smiling than
  Stars in his command.        10
 
Soon mystic changes
  Part Him from her breast:
Yet there awhile He ranges
  Gardens of rest,
Yea, she the first to ponder        15
  Our ransom and recall,
Awhile may rock Him under
  Her young curls’ fall,
Against that only tender
  Love loyal heart of all!        20
 
What shall inure Him
  Unto the deadly dream
When the tetrarch shall abjure Him,
  The thief blaspheme?
And Scribe and Soldier jostle        25
  About the shameful Tree,
When even the Apostle
  Demands to touch and see?
But she hath kiss’d her Flower
  Where the wounds are to be.        30
 
 
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