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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Edward Thomas. 1878–1917
 
103. If I Should Ever By Chance
 
IF I should ever by chance grow rich 
I'll buy Codham, Cockridden, and Childerditch, 
Roses, Pyrgo, and Lapwater, 
And let them all to my elder daughter. 
  
The rent I shall ask of her will be only         5
Each year's first violets, white and lonely, 
The first primroses and orchises— 
She must find them before I do, that is. 
But if she finds a blossom on furze 
Without rent they shall all for ever be hers,  10
Codham, Cockridden, and Childerditch, 
Roses, Pyrgo and Lapwater,— 
I shall give them all to my elder daughter. 
 
 
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