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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
XI. Life Tapestry
By Dora Greenwell (1821–1882)
TOO long have I, methought, with tearful eye
Pored o’er this tangled work of mine, and mused
  Above each stitch awry, and thread confused;
Now will I think on what in years gone by
I heard of them that weave rare tapestry        5
At Royal looms, and how they constant use
To work on the rough side, and still peruse
The pictured pattern set above them high:
So will I set MY COPY high above,
  And gaze and gaze till on my spirit grows        10
Its gracious impress: till some line of love
  Transferred upon my canvas, faintly glows;
Nor look too much on warp or woof, provide
He whom I work for sees their fairer side.

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