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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Apple
By Lady Margaret Sackville (1881–1963)
 
EVE, smiling, pluck’d the apple, then
Laugh’d, sigh’d—and tasted it again:
‘Strange such a pleasant, juicy thing
On a forbidden tree should spring!’
 
But had she seen with clearer eyes,        5
Or had the serpent been less wise,
She’d scarce have shown such little wit
As to let Adam taste of it!
 
 
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