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Lilian

         
            I.

              Airy, fairy Lilian,
              Flitting, fairy Lilian,
        When I ask her if she love me,
        Claps her tiny hands above me,
              Laughing all she can;
        She’ll not tell me if she love me,
              Cruel little Lilian.
       

            II.

              When my passion seeks
              Pleasance in love-sighs,
        She, looking thro’ and thro’ me
        Thoroughly to undo me,
              Smiling, never speaks:
      So innocent-arch, so cunning-simple,
      From beneath her gathered wimple
        Glancing with black-beaded eyes,
      Till the lightning laughters dimple
              The baby-roses in her cheeks;
              Then away she flies.
       

            III.

        Prythee weep, May Lilian!
          Gaiety without eclipse
        Wearieth me, May Lilian;
      Thro’ my very heart it thrilleth
        When from crimson-threaded lips
      Silver-treble laughter trilleth:
        Prythee weep, May Lilian!
       

            IV.

              Praying all I can,
        If prayers will not hush thee,
              Airy Lilian,
        Like a rose-leaf I will crush thee,
              Fairy Lilian.
       


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