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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Song: ‘I would I were an English rose’
By Silas Weir Mitchell (1829–1914)
 
From ‘Francis Drake’

I WOULD I were an English rose,
  In England for to be:
The sweetest maid that Devan knows
  Should pick and carry me.
 
To pluck my leaves be tender quick,        5
  A fortune fair to prove,
And count in love’s arithmetic
  Thy pretty sum of love.
 
Oh, Devon’s lanes be green o’ergrown,
  And blithe her maidens be;        10
But there be some that walk alone,
  And look across the sea.
 
 
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