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First Line: I had a dove and the sweet dove died
Last Line: Why not live sweetly, as in the green trees?
Variant Title(s): The Dove;song: I Had A Dove And The Sweet Dove Died
Subject(s): Doves


I HAD a dove and the sweet dove died;
And I have thought it died of grieving:
O, what could it grieve for? Its feet were tied,
With a silken thread of my own hand's weaving;
Sweet little red feet! why should you die--
Why should you leave me, sweet bird! why?
You liv'd alone in the forest-tree,
Why, pretty thing! would you not live with me?
I kiss'd you oft and gave you white peas;
Why not live sweetly, as in the green trees?





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