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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Rosy Musk-Mallow
 
Alice E. Gillington
 
 
Romany Love-Song
 
 
THE ROSY musk-mallow blooms where the south wind blows,
    O my gypsy rose!
In the deep dark lanes where thou and I must meet;
      So sweet!
Before the harvest moon’s gold glints over the down,        5
Or the brown-sailed trawler returns to the gray sea-town,
The rosy musk-mallow sways, and the south wind’s laughter
  Follows our footsteps after!
 
The rosy musk-mallow blooms by the moor-brook’s flow,
    So daintily O!        10
Where thou and I in the silence of night must pass,
      My lass!
Over the stream with its ripple of song, to-night,
We will fly, we will run together, my heart’s delight!
The rosy musk-mallow sways, and the moor-brook’s laughter        15
  Follows our footsteps after!
 
The rosy musk-mallow blooms within sound of the sea;
    It curtseys to thee,
O my gypsy-queen, it curtseys adown to thy feet;
      So sweet!        20
When dead leaves drift through the dusk of the autumn day,
And the red elf-lanthorns hang from the spindle-spray,
The rosy musk-mallow sways, and the sea ’s wild laughter
  Follows our footsteps after!
 
The rosy musk-mallow blooms where the dim wood sleeps,        25
    And the bind-weed creeps;
Through tangled wood-paths unknown we must take our flight,
      To-night!
As the pale hedge-lilies around the dark elder wind,
Clasp thy white arms about me, nor look behind.        30
The rosy musk-mallow is closed, and the soft leaves’ laughter
  Follows our footsteps after!
 

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