Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BALLAD, by THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH

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First Line: The blackbird sings in the hazel-brake
Last Line: You are nothing more to me.
Subject(s): Flirtation; Love - Complaints

THE blackbird sings in the hazel-brake,
And the squirrel sits on the tree;
And Blanche she walks in the merry greenwood,
Down by the summer sea.

The blackbird lies when he sings of love,
And the squirrel, a thief is he;
And Blanche is an arrant flirt, I swear,
And light as light can be.

O blackbird, die in the hazel-brake!
And squirrel, starve on the tree!
And Blanche -- you may walk in the merry greenwood.
You are nothing more to me.

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