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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
The Violet
By Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
[Published in the Edinburgh Annual Register for 1808]

THE VIOLET in her greenwood bower,
  Where birchen boughs with hazels mingle,
May boast itself the fairest flower
  In glen, or copse, or forest dingle.
Though fair her gems of azure hue,        5
  Beneath the dewdrop’s weight reclining,
I’ve seen an eye of lovelier blue,
  More sweet through watery lustre shining.
The summer sun that dew shall dry,
  Ere yet the day be past its morrow;        10
Nor longer in my false love’s eye
  Remained the tear of parting sorrow.

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