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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
The Nun
By Leigh Hunt (1784–1859)
IF you become a nun, dear,
  A friar I will be;
In any cell you run, dear,
  Pray look behind for me.
The roses all turn pale, too;        5
The doves all take the veil, too;
  The blind will see the show.
What! you become a nun, my dear?
  I’ll not believe it, no!
If you become a nun, dear,        10
  The bishop Love will be;
The Cupids every one, dear,
  Will chant ‘We trust in thee’.
The incense will go sighing,
The candles fall a-dying,        15
  The water turn to wine;
What! you go take the vows, my dear?
  You may—but they’ll be mine!

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