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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
By John Stuart Thomson (1869–1950)
’TWAS in the purple-flow’ring month we met,
  And I had gathered fleurs-de-lis for her;
  And sought the dim wood where the fern leaves stir
  To find an orchis, fringed and sweet and wet;
These in her simple joy she coyly set        5
  Among her tresses;—but I knew her not;
  Some passing wind a sylph or nymph had brought.
And ere I sighed or spoke a vain regret,
  She led me to a green and shadowy grove,
  Where fallow-deer, large eyed, did shyly rove;—        10
  And on a bank of thyme we two did sit;
Words were forgotten; in her wide blue eyes
  I read some symbol language, though my wit
  Had passed away. I dwelt in Paradise.

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