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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
I. ‘Like violets pale i’ the Spring o’ the year’
By James Thomson (1834–1882)
LIKE violets pale i’ the Spring o’ the year
  Came my Love’s sad eyes to my youth;
Wan and dim with many a tear,
  But the sweeter for that in sooth:
          Wet and dim,        5
          Tender and true,
          Violet eyes
          Of the sweetest blue.
Like pansies dark i’ the June o’ the year
  Grow my Love’s glad eyes to my prime;        10
Rich with the purple splendour clear
  Of their thoughtful bliss sublime:
          Deep and dark,
          Solemn and true,
          Pansy eyes        15
          Of the noblest blue.

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