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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
Poems from the Rossetti MS.: Earlier Poems
In a Myrtle Shade
WHY 1 should I be bound to thee,
O my lovely Myrtle-tree?
Love, free Love, cannot be bound
To any tree that grows on ground.
O! how sick and weary I        5
Underneath my Myrtle lie;
Like to dung upon the ground,
Underneath my Myrtle bound.
Oft my Myrtle sigh’d in vain
To behold my heavy chain:        10
Oft my Father saw us sigh,
And laugh’d at our simplicity.
So I smote him, and his gore
Stain’d the roots my Myrtle bore.
But the time of youth is fled,        15
And grey hairs are on my head.
Note 1. In a Myrtle Shade] 5–8 This stanza, an afterthought, marked for insertion in its present position, began with the couplet afterwards deleted:
To a lovely myrtle bound,
Blossoms show’ring all around.
11 Oft the priest beheld us sigh MS. 1st rdg. del. 13–16 This stanza is identical with the final stanza of ‘Infant Sorrow’. [back]

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