Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
III. Love’s Beginnings
Song: “It is the miller’s daughter”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
From “The Miller’s Daughter”

IT is the miller’s daughter,
  And she is grown so dear, so dear,
That I would be the jewel
  That trembles at her ear:
For, hid in ringlets day and night,        5
I ’d touch her neck so warm and white.
And I would be the girdle
  About her dainty, dainty waist,
And her heart would beat against me
  In sorrow and in rest:        10
And I should know if it beat right,
I ’d clasp it round so close and tight.
And I would be the necklace,
  And all day long to fall and rise
Upon her balmy bosom,        15
  With her laughter or her sighs:
And I would lie so light, so light,
I scarce should be unclasped at night.

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