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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
201. Alexis, Here She Stayed; Among These Pines
 
William Drummond (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 set her by these muskéd 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 passéd pleasures double but new woe?
 

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