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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935). Collected Poems. 1921.

VIII. Avon’s Harvest, Etc.

4. The Tree in Pamela’s Garden

PAMELA was too gentle to deceive

Her roses. “Let the men stay where they are,”

She said, “and if Apollo’s avatar

Be one of them, I shall not have to grieve.”

And so she made all Tilbury Town believe

She sighed a little more for the North Star

Than over men, and only in so far

As she was in a garden was like Eve.

Her neighbors—doing all that neighbors can

To make romance of reticence meanwhile—

Seeing that she had never loved a man,

Wished Pamela had a cat, or a small bird,

And only would have wondered at her smile

Could they have seen that she had overheard.