Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE HONEYSUCKLE, by DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI

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THE HONEYSUCKLE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I plucked a honeysuckle where
Last Line: Yet plucked not any more of them.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Honeysuckle; Love

I PLUCKED a honeysuckle where
The hedge on high is quick with thorn,
And climbing for the prize, was torn,
And fouled my feet in quag-water;
And by the thorns and by the wind
The blossom that I took was thinn'd,
And yet I found it sweet and fair.

Thence to a richer growth I came,
Where, nursed in mellow intercourse,
The honeysuckles sprang by scores,
Not harried like my single stem,
All virgin lamps of scent and dew.
So from my hand that first I threw,
Yet plucked not any more of them.

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