Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
''We were young, we were merry, we were very very wise,Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861-1907), British poet. Unwelcome (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
And the door stood open at our feast,
When there passed us a woman with the West in her eyes,
And a man with his back to the East.''
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The earth that made the rose,
She also is thy mother, and not I.
The flame wherewith thy maiden spirit glows
Was lighted at no hearth that I sit by.
I am as far below as heaven above thee.
Were I thine angel, more I could not love thee.
Bid me defend thee!
Thy danger over-human strength shall lend me,