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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900).  Poems.  1881.

32. Chanson

A RING of gold and a milk-white dove 
  Are goodly gifts for thee, 
And a hempen rope for your own love 
  To hang upon a tree. 
For you a House of Ivory         5
  (Roses are white in the rose-bower)! 
A narrow bed for me to lie 
  (White, O white, is the hemlock flower)! 
Myrtle and jessamine for you 
  (O the red rose is fair to see)!  10
For me the cypress and the rue 
  (Fairest of all is rose-mary)! 
For you three lovers of your hand 
  (Green grass where a man lies dead)! 
For me three paces on the sand  15
  (Plant lilies at my head)! 



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