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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
III. Love’s Beginnings
Song of the Milkmaid
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
From “Queen Mary”

SHAME upon you, Robin,
        Shame upon you now!
Kiss me would you? with my hands
        Milking the cow?
        Daisies grow again,        5
        Kingcups blow again,
And you came and kissed me milking the cow.
 
Robin came behind me,
        Kissed me well I vow;
Cuff him could I? with my hands        10
        Milking the cow?
        Swallows fly again,
        Cuckoos cry again,
And you came and kissed me milking the cow.
 
        Come, Robin, Robin,        15
        Come and kiss me now;
Help it can I? with my hands
        Milking the cow?
        Ringdoves coo again,
        All things woo again,        20
Come behind and kiss me milking the cow!
 
 
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