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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
To a Daisy
John Hartley
AH! I ’m feared thou’s come too sooin,
        Little daisy!
Pray whativer wor ta doin’?
        Are ta crazy?
Winter winds are blowin’ yet.        5
Tha’ll be starved, mi little pet!
Did a gleam o’ sunshine warm thee;
        An’ deceive thee?
Niver let appearance charm thee;
        Yes, believe me,        10
Smiles tha ’lt find are oft but snares
Laid to catch thee unawares.
An’ yet, I think it looks a shame
        To talk sich stuff;
I ’ve lost heart, an’ thou ’lt do t’ same,        15
        Ay, sooin enough!
An’, if thou ’rt happy as tha art,
Trustin’ must be t’ wisest part.
Come! I ’ll pile some bits o’ stoan
        Round thi dwellin’;        20
They may cheer thee when I ’ve goan,—
        Theer’s no tellin’;
An’ when Spring’s mild day draws near
I ’ll release thee, niver fear!
An’ if then thi pretty face        25
        Greets me smilin’,
I may come an’ sit by th’ place,
        Time beguilin’,
Glad to think I ’d paar to be
Of some use if but to thee!        30


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