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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
VII. “Bring Me Word How Tall She Is”
By Dora Greenwell (1821–1882)
WOMAN IN 1873.
“How tall is your Rosalind?”
“Just as high as my heart.”
As You Like It.

WITHIN a garden shade,
A garden sweet and dim,
Two happy children played
Together; he was made
For God, and she for him.        5
Beyond the garden’s shade,
In deserts drear and dim
Two outcast children strayed
Together, he betrayed
By her, and she by him.        10
Together girl and boy,
They wandered, ne’er apart;
Each wrought to each annoy,
Yet each knew never joy
Save in the other’s heart.        15
By her so oft deceived;
By him so sore opprest;
They each the other grieved,
Yet each of each was best
Beloved, and still caressed.        20
And she was in his sight
Found fairest, still his prize,
His constant chief delight;
She raised to him her eyes
That led her not aright,        25
And ever by his side
A patient huntress ran
Through forests dark and wide,
And still the woman’s pride
And glory was the Man.        30
When her he would despise,
She kept him captive bound;
Forbidding her to rise,
By many cords and ties
She held him to the ground.        35
At length, in stature grown,
He stands erect and free;
Yet stands he not alone,
For his beloved would be
Like him she loveth wise, like him she loveth free.        40
So wins she her desire,
Yet stand they not apart;
For as she doth aspire
He grows, nor stands she higher
Than her Beloved’s heart.        45

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