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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Extracts from Stella Maris: Je suis trop jeune
By John Addington Symonds (1840–1893)
LEAVE me awhile; I am too young to love;
  My maiden fancies are enough for me:
Leave me awhile; too soon will passion move
  The silent springs of my virginity.
You break my dream, wither my girlhood’s flower,        5
  With vows and kisses and soft whispered sighs;
And offer what? The homage of an hour,
  The sad sweet service of adoring eyes.
And then you fly. ’Tis honor bids you go:
  You think it virtue to have left me maid;        10
You smile “Uncropped by me her rose shall blow,
  Her bridal kiss on worthier lips be laid.”
But give me, stranger, give me back, I pray,
The heart’s ease that was mine but yesterday!

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