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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Goblin Market and Other Poems.
IV. An Apple Gathering
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
I PLUCKED pink blossoms from mine apple-tree
  And wore them all that evening in my hair:
Then in due season when I went to see
    I found no apples there.
With dangling basket all along the grass        5
  As I had come I went the self-same track:
My neighbours mocked me while they saw me pass
    So empty-handed back.
Lilian and Lilias smiled in trudging by,
  Their heaped-up basket teazed me like a jeer;        10
Sweet-voiced they sang beneath the sunset sky,
    Their mother’s home was near.
Plump Gertrude passed me with her basket full,
  A stronger hand than hers helped it along;
A voice talked with her through the shadows cool        15
    More sweet to me than song.
Ah Willie, Willie, was my love less worth
  Than apples with their green leaves piled above?
I counted rosiest apples on the earth
    Of far less worth than love.        20
So once it was with me you stooped to talk,
  Laughing and listening in this very lane:
To think that by this way we used to walk
    We shall not walk again!
I let my neighbours pass me, ones and twos        25
  And groups; the latest said the night grew chill,
And hastened: but I loitered, while the dews
    Fell fast I loitered still.

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