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First Line: They made the chamber sweet with flowers and leaves
Last Line: Put on a glory, and my soul expand.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Fidelity; Flowers; Love; Soul; Faithfulness; Constancy


They made the chamber sweet with flowers and leaves,
And the bed sweet with flowers on which I lay;
While my soul, love-bound, loitered on its way.
I did not hear the birds about the eaves,
Nor hear the reapers talk among the sheaves:
Only my soul kept watch from day to day,
My thirsty soul kept watch for one away: --
Perhaps he loves, I thought, remembers, grieves.
At length there came the step upon the stair,
Upon the lock the old familiar hand:
Then first my spirit seemed to scent the air
Of Paradise; then first the tardy sand
Of time ran golden; and I felt my hair
Put on a glory, and my soul expand.





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