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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Down by the Salley Gardens
By William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
 
DOWN by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She pass’d the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.
 
In a field by the river my love and I did stand,        5
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.
 
 
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