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First Line: If yellow betokens infidelity
Last Line: Effrontery.
Variant Title(s): Injudicious Gardening
Subject(s): Browning, Robert (1812-1889); Gardens & Gardening; Poetry & Poets


IF yellow betokens infidelity,
I am an infidel.
I could not bear a yellow rose ill will
Because books said that yellow boded ill,
White promised well;

However, your particular possession—
The sense of privacy
In what you did—deflects from your estate
Offending eyes, and will not tolerate
Effrontery.





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