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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
V. Cautions and Complaints
“Alexis, here she stayed”
William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
 
ALEXIS, here she stayed; among these pines,
Sweet hermitress, she did alone repair;
Here did she spread the treasure of her hair,
More rich than that brought from the Colchian mines.
She sate her by these muskèd eglantines,        5
The happy place the print seems yet to bear;
Her voice did sweeten here thy sugared lines,
To which winds, trees, beasts, birds, did lend their ear.
Me here she first perceived, and here a morn
Of bright carnations did o’erspread her face;        10
Here did she sigh, here first my hopes were born,
And I first got a pledge of promised grace:
  But, ah! what served it to be happy so,
  Sith passèd pleasures double but new woe?
 
 
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