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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Henry Alford. 1810–1871
711. The Bride
'RISE,' said the Master, 'come unto the feast.' 
She heard the call and rose with willing feet; 
  But thinking it not otherwise than meet 
For such a bidding to put on her best, 
She is gone from us for a few short hours         5
  Into her bridal closet, there to wait 
  For the unfolding of the palace gate 
That gives her entrance to the blissful bowers. 
We have not seen her yet, though we have been 
  Full often to her chamber door, and oft  10
Have listen'd underneath the postern green, 
  And laid fresh flowers, and whisper'd short and soft. 
But she hath made no answer, and the day 
From the clear west is fading fast away. 
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