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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Miller’s Daughter
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
IT is the miller’s daughter,
  And she is grown so dear, so dear,
That I would be the jewel
  That trembles in her ear:
For hid in ringlets day and night,        5
I’d touch her neck so warm and white.
 
And I would be the girdle
  About her dainty dainty waist,
And her heart would beat against me,
  In sorrow and in rest:        10
And I should know if it beat right,
I’d clasp it round so close and tight.
 
And I would be the necklace,
  And all day long to fall and rise
Upon her balmy bosom,        15
  With her laughter or her sighs:
And I would lie so light, so light,
I scarce should be unclasp’d at night.
 
 
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